Everyone needs appliances to do laundry, keep food fresh, or get the dishes clean. If a device breaks down, many people simply buy another cheap appliance. But by tackling that decision smarter, you make a conscious choice for the environment and your wallet! Here at Consumer Rights we know new household appliances are much more energy efficient than old comparable appliances. A 15-year-old refrigerator uses 450 kWh, while a new refrigerator with the same content only needs 150 kWh. Energy-efficient household appliances save hundreds of pounds in energy costs every year. Especially fridge-freezer combinations and tumble dryers have become a lot more economical; these household appliances now use almost 70% less energy! But what should you pay attention to when you buy new household appliances? And how much can you save with energy-efficient appliances?
Energy-efficient washing machines
Cleverly choosing an energy-efficient washing machine can save hundreds of pounds. Energy-efficient washing machines immediately save on energy consumption. Today, washing machines use up to 80% less energy than a 15-year-old washing machine. Water consumption is also lower. That saves a lot of energy and money: the difference in energy consumption between old and newest washing machines can go up to £550,- a year. Check out Which?’s energy-efficient washing machine money saving calculator. But there are also major differences between washing machines that are currently in stores. Cheap washing machines seem to be the best choice for your wallet, but energy-efficient washing machines are cheaper for the long-term! Washing machines last on average for around 10 years. All this time they will be using electricity and water in your home. It is useful to spend some time on the purchase of a new washing machine, because that will save you a lot of money during it’s life-time. Unfortunately, many people are not smart when they buy a washing machine. They mainly look at the price or an offer for a cheap washing machine. But you can save a lot more money by paying attention to a number of things. View the detailed information below on how you do that and ready-made examples of energy-efficient washing machines that save you a lot of money. Energy-efficient washing machines are available in so many types and sizes. But not every washing machine is really economical. What should you look out for if you want to save a lot of money?
The energy label
Many washing machines are more economical than the norm for the highest energy rating of A +++.First of all, it is smart to take a good look at the energy label. Washing machines, like other electrical appliances, carry an energy label. You can see from this how energy efficient the washing machine is. Officially, the most economical label is A +++. But many manufacturers have developed washing machines that use much less energy than the highest attainable energy rating. That is why with many washing machines you see an extra addition to the energy label. The most economical washing machine in 2019 has energy rating A +++ – 65%. This means that the washing machine is 65% more efficient than the standards for the best energy rating. The difference in power consumption between the most economical and least economical washing machine is approximately £ 230,- over the lifetime **. ** Average lifetime is 10 years with an average use of 3 to 4 washes per week.
Why not buy the cheapest washing machine?
Some people just choose a cheap washing machine because they think that is a good choice for their wallet. But that’s not true.. The cheapest washing machines cost around £300 or less. You think you can save money with such a low price, but in practice that is not the case. The cheapest washing machines almost always have the highest energy consumption of all available washing machines. The cheapest and least efficient washing machines have the A +++ energy rating without addition. That costs up to £ 230,- more in electricity compared to if you buy an economical washing machine with an addition on the label, e.g. A+++ -65%. By paying a little extra for your new washing machine, you will have energy-efficient laundry and you will hopefully appreciate the long-term money you save. Read more about other ways you can be smarter with your energy usage here.