How to choose appliances wisely
ENERGY rating is a guide to saving money in the long term
When choosing a refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, clothes washer or clothes dryer look carefully at the energy-rating label.
It tells you how energy efficient the appliance is, as well as the amount of electricity required to run it each year.
The more stars the less energy used and the lower the operating costs.
This also means reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
A smart choice is one that continues to save you money for the life of the appliance.
Choosing the right size for your needs is also important look for the actual estimates of energy and water use, also provided on the label.
The fridge uses the most energy each year and the washing machine uses the most water each year.
It’s worth considering these issues for your other appliances, too. If you are choosing home entertainment equipment it pays to compare energy use both when in use and when in standby mode.
Bigger television screens use more energy and plasma screens tend to use more energy than LCD screens. Cooking accounts for about 12% of the total energy used in a typical household.
Good cooking practices, together with careful selection of appliances, can cut your energy bills significantly. Generally, when comparing similar conventional cooking appliances, electric and LPG cooking costs more than that of natural gas.
Smaller electric appliances, such as frying pans and deep fryers, can be cheaper to run than both electric and gas stoves when shorter cooking periods are required. Similarly, microwave ovens are very inexpensive to run.
BE ENERGY AWARE: Microwaves are an inexpensive cooking method when it comes to energy use.