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How to use less water – Kitchen water savers

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Fix dripping taps

Broken taps can waste 12 to 20 litres of water a day. New washers cost only a few pence but will save you money if your water is metered.

  • Saving A dripping tap can waste 12 to 20 litres of water a day – that’s around 2-4p* worth of water

Drink from a jug

Jug of waterCut wastage by chilling water in the fridge.

If you want cold drinking water, fill a jug from the tap and put it in the fridge to chill. This would save 10 litres of water a day compared to running the tap until it turns cold each time.

  • Saving 10 litres (2p) per day

Only boil what you need

Save water as well as energy by using the minimum amount of water required when you boil water in saucepans and kettles.

  • Saving Around 10 litres (2p) a day

Turn off the tap

Don’t rinse dishes under a running tap – use a bowl of water instead. Try also to use a bowl when washing vegetables and the leftover water can then be used for watering house plants.

  • Saving 20 litres (4p) a day

Fill the washing machine

Clean full loads of washing to save water.Loading washing machine

Make sure your washing machine has a full load before you switch it on. Those labelled A for energy efficiency tend to be water efficient, too.

  • Saving Five to 10 litres (around 1-2p) every wash

Use the dishwasher more efficiently

If you own a dishwasher, fill it up fully before you use it and always use its eco program setting, which uses less water.

  • Saving Five to 10 litres a cycle (around 1-2p)
* ‘Money saved’ figures refer to water meter customers on an average tariff charging 0.19p per litre.
Article:- Which? Consumer Magazine.
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How to use less electricity – Buying energy-efficient appliances

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

UK households use around £2 billion worth of electricity every year just on cooling and freezing food and drinks. A further £1.4 billion is used by washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers.

It’s a lot of money, but there are plenty of ways to cut costs.

Buy energy efficient

There may seem little you can do to reduce your electricity usage – after all, few of us could function easily without a fridge or washing machine, and that Sunday roast certainly won’t cook itself!

But making more energy-efficient choices when buying essential appliances has the potential to cut electricity bills.

Most white goods and common kitchen appliances have an energy-efficiency rating, through a scheme organised by the EU. The most efficient laundry appliances and dishwashers are A rated. In fact, most recent launches are A rated which can make differentiating between products a little trickier. Soon however, the energy efficiency classification system will change to make things clearer.

For cold appliances such as fridge freezers look for A++ or A+ ratings..

If your current appliance is rated B to G, it can use up to twice the electricity of an A++ product. The tables below show the difference in cost over one year.

Remember these electricity costs stack up over time. A fridge freezer can last 10 years or more and expect washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers to last more than 6 years.

The difference between A (or A++) and G

Fridge-freezers

Energy costs – fridge freezers
Appliance Energy efficiency class Annual cost
fridge freezer
Fridge freezer
A++ Less than £15.80
A+ £19.61
A £26.42
B £35.40
C £44.93
D £51.74
E £57.18
F £63.99
G More than £68.63

Dishwashers

Energy costs – dishwashers
Appliance Energy efficiency rating Cost per year
(five washes per week)
dishwasher adhoc
Dishwasher
A Less than £21.06
B £26.91
C £31.59
D £36.27
E £39.83
F £45.63
G More than £46.80

Tumble dryers

Energy costs – tumble dryers
Appliance Energy efficiency rating Cost per year
(five washes per week)
tumble dryer
Tumble dryer
A Less than £40.95
B £48.32
C £54.88
D £61.43
E £67.97
F £74.53
G More than £75.35

Washing machines

Energy costs – washing machines
Appliance Energy efficiency rating Cost per year
(five washes per week)
Washing machine
Washing machine
A Less than £21.06
B £26.91
C £31.59
D £36.27
E £39.83
F £45.63
G More than £46.80

The difference between A (or A++) and G

Fridge-freezers

Energy costs – fridge freezers
Appliance Energy efficiency class Annual cost
fridge freezer
Fridge freezer
A++ Less than £15.80
A+ £19.61
A £26.42
B £35.40
C £44.93
D £51.74
E £57.18
F £63.99
G More than £68.63

Dishwashers

Energy costs – dishwashers
Appliance Energy efficiency rating Cost per year
(five washes per week)
dishwasher adhoc
Dishwasher
A Less than £21.06
B £26.91
C £31.59
D £36.27
E £39.83
F £45.63
G More than £46.80

Tumble dryers

Energy costs – tumble dryers
Appliance Energy efficiency rating Cost per year
(five washes per week)
tumble dryer
Tumble dryer
A Less than £40.95
B £48.32
C £54.88
D £61.43
E £67.97
F £74.53
G More than £75.35

Washing machines

Energy costs – washing machines
Appliance Energy efficiency rating Cost per year
(five washes per week)
Washing machine
Washing machine
A Less than £21.06
B £26.91
C £31.59
D £36.27
E £39.
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