5 Things You Must Know Before Buying a Dishwasher
Recent studies suggest that the average dual-fuel bill covering gas and electricity is a staggering £1,345 per household. Your actual usage will largely depend on the size of your household as well as your chosen payment method, but with average bills costing in excess of £112 per month, could we be doing more in order to reduce our consumption of gas and electricity and therefore save ourselves money? Here are some things to consider when choosing some of the biggest electrical vampires in the home – your kitchen appliances.
Fridges and Freezers
Whether you have a separate unit for your fridge and freezer, or you have a combined fridge-freezer it’s worth remembering that these appliances are switched on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year so even the smallest saving in running costs will compound over time. As a way of comparison, an A+++ rated fridge-freezer will cost around £19 per year less to run than one that is rated A+. It’s important to remember that fridge-freezers are classified by size when they are rated, so a smaller fridge-freezer with an A+++ rating will be cheaper to run than a larger one with the same rating. When it comes to fridge-freezers, anything related less than A+ is using unnecessary energy and should be deemed obsolete.
Cookers, Ovens and Microwaves
It is recommended to only buy an oven with an A+++ energy rating not only due to the fact that they are the second most frequently used appliances in the kitchen to kettles, but also due to the fact that an A+++ rated oven will consume a staggering 60% less energy than a B rated oven. Microwaves work out to be a much more energy efficient method of cooking food when compared to ovens, due to the fact that energy is used by a microwave to directly cook your food, whereas as the energy used by an oven also has to heat the air inside of it.
The average dishwasher costs around £44 a year in electricity to run, assuming it is run 5 times a week. By replacing your old dishwasher with an up-to-date energy efficient one you can expect to save around £6 from your bill annually. It’s worth noting that a higher rated dishwasher will also save you money on your water as well because newer dishwashers can clean much more efficiently. The easiest way to cut the electricity costs from your dishwasher is to ensure that it is never run without being fully loaded. You can save almost 50% of your dishwasher running costs by cutting down the usage to three times per week – or every other day.
Just like dishwashers, a high energy-efficiency rated washing machine will save money on your water bill as well as your electricity bill. Energy efficient washing machines will also have extra programmes such as the ability to wash at 30 degrees and a half-load feature, which can save a considerable amount of money every year if they are used frequently. Being sure not to overload your washing machine will also keep it working more efficiently. If you often struggle to fit all of your washing into the drum, then consider buying a washing machine with a larger capacity. As well as save you money on your bills, this will also greatly increase the working life of your washing machine.
For most people, tumble dryers are the single biggest waste of electricity in the entire house. Typically consuming around 2,400 watts of power every hour that they run, you can expect the average household to pay an extra £85 per year on electricity if they own a tumble dryer. If you absolutely have to own one, then ensure that you only buy the most energy-efficient model on the market at the time of purchase. Alternatively, you can use an outdoor washing line to dry your clothes for free. If this is not practical for you then for around £10 you can buy a large indoor airer or clothes horse which will provide you with a lifetime of drying your clothes indoors for free. Is having slightly softer towels really worth increasing your energy bill by 10% each year?
Despite the fact that the large appliances in your kitchen are often the most essential because they are used on an almost daily basis, it is still possible to slash your electricity consumption by choosing the most energy efficient ones on the market. Once you realise the potential savings that can be made in the decades to come you will see that more often than not it’s well-worth the higher initial outlay for these appliances. By choosing the most energy efficient appliances not only are you saving valuable energy resources but you are also rewarded with significantly lower gas and electricity bills.