Tips for buying efficient appliances
Buying new appliances can be daunting. Here’s how to choose energyefficient and water-saving ones for your home
GAS or electric? Top or front loader? Single- or double- door fridge? Making a decision about an appliance that will be in your life for longer than some relationships can be quite a daunting task. Add in worries about stretching your money and saving water and electricity and the task can seem impossible. But we all know we must save water, especially if we live in drought-stricken areas of the country, which is why so many people want to switch to appliances that can address this need.
And when it comes to electricity – well, with tariffs set to increase by 20% we’re going to be more cash-strapped than ever.
But there are things you can look out for when buying new appliances to ensure you help save precious water – and a few pretty pennies.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Look at the energy-efficiency rating when buying an appliance, says James Reeler, land and climate project manager at the World Wildlife Fund South Africa. The higher the rating, the more energy you save – and the label should be upfront and obvious.
Some appliances also have water-wise stickers.
Always be clear with salespeople when shopping, says Michael Klopper, appliance buyer and manager of Kloppers furniture stores.
Tell them you want the most cost-efficient, water-efficient appliance and ask them to show you proof that it is what they say it is.
Also go online and check for reviews of the particular make and model – it’s another way of seeing if the product really does save water and/or electricity.