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More and more items require electricity for them to work. Many have computer chips in them and we are encouraged to leave these on even when not on use. So buying the right one is crucial in determining the life long energy it uses.
All household appliances have energy labels with ratings on them showing how their energy consumption compares with other products. The higher up the rating the more energy efficient it is. The icons at the bottom of the label will differ slightly for different products and the one shown here is for a Fridge or Freezer.
For more information on the labels see Defra's leaflet The new EU energy label explained
Always buy the most efficient appliance you can afford because it will be cheaper to run.
Energy Saving Trust Recommended
The Energy Saving Trust has its own certification scheme for only the most energy- efficient products, making it quick and easy for you to find products that will cost you less to run, contribute to savings on your energy bill and help you do your bit for the environment.
Look for the Energy Savings Trust Logo.
For more information on this scheme see the Energy Saving Trust website
Turn it off
It might sound simple but we can all save energy by turning off appliances when not in use and I mean turning them off properly rather than leaving on standby. This includes TVs, Computers, DVD players, CD players, Radios, Games consoles and much more.
Sometimes we are encouraged to leave these on all the time but there is no need. They are all designed to cope with electricity power cuts and fluctuations in supply so will cope with being switched off over night.
Many appliances, like mobile phone chargers and laptop power cables, come with a power lead with a built in transformer. All these use energy even when the appliance is not attached. Unplug them or turn them off at the wall when not in use.
Washing Dishes and Clothes
The heating cycle of washing machines and dishwashers is the part of the process that uses the most energy. Change to use a low temperature or eco setting because modern detergents are more than able to cope with them.
Dry your clothes outside whenever possible. Tumble dryers are expensive to run. If you dry your clothes inside, take care not to smother your radiators because this will make heating your room very inefficient. Use a clothes rail next to the radiator instead.
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