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Appliance Energy Rating Guide

From 1 March 2021 there will be changes to the way energy efficiency is rated for many household appliances, with ratings changing for refrigeration, dishwashers, and laundry equipment. To make it easy, read this step-by step guide on understanding appliance energy ratings so you know how to choose the right model for your home, lifestyle and household bills.

What appliances are affected by the new energy model?

Tips to reduce energy consumption

1. Go high-tech on refrigeration

Whether it stores fresh goods, frozen items, or a mix of both, refrigerated machines are powered night and day, making them one of the most energy-zapping devices in the home. Investing in higher energy ratings and models with high-tech features will reap many long term benefits, such as reducing household bills and keeping food fresher for longer.

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2. Size down on storage

Large capacity products use more energy to run, so for those living solo or with a partner, you could potentially be chilling unused space with a big device. Ensure you get the right size that matches your storing needs, and if you prefer to eat fresh, skip the freezer section, which uses more energy to keep it at sub-zero temperatures.

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3. Opt for innovative heat pumps

Tumble dryers can be power-hungry devices, so investing in sustainable tech can help reduce energy consumption, especially if your home sees frequent or larger loads. With heat pump technology, heat is generated by a compressor, which runs far more efficiently than a traditional heater saving energy and money with every load.

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4. Save with load detection

Many laundry devices now include detection sensors that clock how big or wet a load is, so they only use the water or energy required to wash or dry the linen inside. This feature helps prolong the life of clothes as it prevents over-washing or drying – a sound investment for homes that run small and regular refreshes, like school uniforms or work wear.

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5. Dial down the temperature

By switching to a lower temperature when washing laundry, you can save energy without compromising on the cleaning performance. With new 20-degree cycles found in many laundry devices, including washer dryers, you can do your bit for the environment, while protecting your clothes from heat damage. These cycles can also be used for delicate loads that would otherwise be hand washed.

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6. Switch to induction cooking  

Induction devices are the most energy-efficient hob, thanks to the electromagnetic technology found inside. This method only heats the pan, rather than the surface, which means less energy is needed to power each heat zone and less energy is wasted. It also offers precise temperature control and rapid boil features, so you can get meals served faster and achieve more consistent results.

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7. Favour fan technology

Ovens that use a fan at the back of the cavity to circulate hot air around the space, allow a device to heat up faster creating more consistent and even results with every dish. It can also shorten the cooking time during mealtimes, which is great for busy homes on the go, and more importantly, it reduces the time the oven is on, reducing energy consumption.

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8. Invest in a hot water tap

A terrific solution for creating a decluttered space, hot water taps can also drive down energy costs within a household, thanks to the smart, eco-friendly boilers that they are installed with. When comparing its power use to a standard electric kettle, these devices can save up to 22p with every boil. There are also options that provide filtered or sparkling water straight from the tap.

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