THE RISE OF THE CONSCIOUS CONSUMER
So you’ve decided to purchase energy efficient appliances to transform your home into an eco-friendly environment. While that decision is out of the way, there are factors to consider when choosing appliances.
Before you head on over to the shops to purchase your appliances, there IS something you need to understand, namely energy ratings. Energy rating labels provide you with information on the energy efficiency of a product. Why is this important? It gives you an idea of how much a particular model will cost to run. There are two important pieces of information that you need to pay attention to: the energy consumption figure and the star rating.
The energy consumption figure provides an estimate of how much energy an appliance will use over a year, and the star rating rates how energy efficient the appliance is. The more stars on an appliance label, the more energy efficient it is.
So now that you’ve gained an understanding on energy ratings, let’s take a look at some of the eco-friendly appliances out there.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics states that each household uses about 31 litres of water a day in the kitchen sink, so using a dishwasher is the wiser option to save water. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before purchasing an energy efficient dishwasher. It has an energy rating of 3.5 stars, which is a decent rating for a dishwasher. Look for certain energy efficiency features such as half-load settings and an economy option.
WASHERS AND DRYERS
If you tend to use washers and dryers then choose a machine that has at least a 3.5-star energy rating and a 4-star water rating. An energy efficient washing machine will help you save 25% of running costs (for a lifetime) and 15% for dryers.
When you purchase a new washing machine, look for one with sensor technology that stops as soon as clothes are dry. This helps to save at least 10% energy.
HOT WATER SYSTEMS
When buying a gas booster or a gas hot-water system aim for one with a 5-star rating – you’ll save around 15% on running costs. Alternatively, consider the most energy efficient option. Solar hot water is now even more economical thanks to incentives such as the government’s solar hot water rebate.
FRIDGES AND FREEZERS
Energy efficient refrigerators have 4-star ratings. A small chest freezer should have at least 3.5 stars and a regular upright freezer should have 4.5 stars. Do your research on what size is suitable for your household. Choose energy efficient options like those with thermostat control and door alarms.
Energy efficient appliances use less electricity and achieve the same results of similar models with the same size or capacity. The more energy efficient a model, the less energy it will use and the less it will cost you to run.