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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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