Tips for buy­ing ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances

Buy­ing new ap­pli­ances can be daunt­ing. Here’s how to choose en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient and wa­ter-sav­ing ones for your home

DRUM - - Contents - BY KHATIJA NXEDLANA

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.

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