When aiming to make our homes more eco friendly, there are loads of different things that we can do to reduce its carbon footprint, and to also make it cheaper to run, too. This includes things like upgrading the insulation, recycling more and using less energy.
Using less energy in a busy household can sometimes feel like an impossible task, but if you switch to energy efficient appliances, this gets a whole lot easier. We’ve compiled some tips for when buying energy efficient appliances for your home to hopefully help make that shopping trip easier if it’s something you’ve been thinking about.
Know what options are out there
Depending on the appliance or electronic device you opt for, their energy efficiency levels can vary greatly. They are all graded in terms of their efficiency, and are graded from A to G, with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least. From big items like washing machines and refrigerators, to smaller ones such as kettles and hair dryers, you can almost always find an energy efficient option out there.
Find out exactly how energy efficient they really are
Just because they have the energy efficiency star logo on them, it doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the best option for you or will save you lots of money. As mentioned above, they can vary greatly so it’s important to do your research on the grades and the individual brands and products. There’s a useful guide from Which.co.uk which calculates how much you can save by switching to certain energy efficient products which should hopefully give you a better understanding.
Don’t forget to check for the standard features
As well as looking at the energy efficiency of the product you’re purchasing, don’t forget about the standard features you’d be looking for in general. This includes things like the size of the item, the safety features and the warranty/guarantee included. Reading customer reviews of big products is always a good idea so you’ll get an unbiased idea about the appliance before you buy it.
Shop around and look online
Again, as if you were shopping normally without worrying about energy efficiency, shop around to find the best deals for the items. Products that are energy efficient do tend to be more expensive than alternatives (though they almost always make up for this upfront payment by how much money you save on running them) so it’s a good idea to do some appliances price comparisons and shop around.
Recycle your old appliances
Buying energy efficient appliances is all about saving the environment, and saving you some cash on your energy bills, so don’t forget about this positive impact you’re having on the planet when it comes to getting rid of your existing appliances and electronics. If you are considering disposing of any electrical appliances it is important that you bear the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive in mind. You can read more about that here – www.serviceforce.co.uk.
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