Energy saving tips
Make sense of the energy label and find ways to reduce your household's energy usage.Shop all energy efficient appliances
Energy costs can be high, but there are plenty of things you can do to help keep them low and reduce your carbon footprint.
Keep your fridge freezer 2/3 full
With less air to cool, a fuller fridge doesn't have to work quite as hard as a sparsely crowded appliance and therefore uses less energy. The contents help keep each other cool when it's sufficiently loaded. Tip: Use glass containers to store food as it absorbs and retains cold better than plastic.¹
Arrange dishes on dishwasher rack
Put all the large items at the sides or back. If you put them in the middle, water can’t pass to the items at the back, so they’ll likely stay a bit dirty.⁴
Energy efficient fridge freezers
This appliance works round the clock, adding a big chunk to your power bills. If you intend to buy a new one, go for an energy efficient fridge freezer that can save a great deal on your energy bill.⁵
Energy efficient cooking appliances
Energy efficient built-in ovens can save a lot on your energy bill.⁵ When this adds up with the savings of other energy saving cooking appliances, it can make a huge difference in the long run.
Energy efficient dishwashers
Do you know that energy efficient dishwashers are a great way to save on your energy bills?⁵ If it's been on your wish list, pick a model that saves you not just effort and time but also some money.
Wash at a lower temperature
Clothes with stains or marks don’t need a lot of heat. A lower temperature will work fine for freshening them up.
Fill, but don't overfill
Make the best use of every wash, but overfill your machine and your clothes won’t be cleaned as effectively. This can actually increase your water and energy consumption as the machine has to work harder. Furthermore overloading a washing machine or tumble dryer can cause long-term damage to the machine, resulting in costly repairs.
Don't dry your clothes on radiators
When you cover a radiator with clothes, it has to work harder to reach the right temperature, wasting lots of valuable energy. Choose an indoor clothes airer instead.
Energy efficient washing machines
Washing machines use a lot of power that can add to your electricity bills. If it’s time to upgrade, consider an energy-efficient model that can help you save plenty on your energy bill.⁵
Energy efficient tumble dryers
They make life convenient, especially if there’s no space to dry clothes or you have a lot of laundry to get through. If it's a must-have for you, invest in an energy-efficient tumble dryer that'll make a big difference on your energy bill.⁵ Heat pump tumble dryers are particularly energy efficient so be sure to check them out.
If you haven't already, change your old light bulbs to new LED bulbs. They can save you a lot on your energy bill over their lifetime.⁵ What's more, with smart lighting you're in complete control. You'll be less likely to leave the switches on when you can always operate them at your fingertips.
While not using central heating saves electricity, it can also cause damp in homes. In that case, getting a dehumidifier is a good idea as it removes excess water from the air. It can also help reduce mould, pollutants, and allergens- giving you cleaner air to breathe.⁷
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The top half of the label shows the energy efficiency. Appliances are rated from A to G, with A being the highest energy rating. The new measurements are based on ‘real life’ household usage, enabling a more realistic analysis.
Remember this is a measure of efficiency and not the running costs. An appliance can be very efficient, but still be expensive to use if, say, it’s very large or is being used all day. Handily, the label has more information that can help you understand the costs.
The middle section of the label shows how much electricity a product uses so you can easily compare different models. Energy consumption is measured in kilowatt hours per year (220 standard wash cycles/year). The lower the number, the less energy it’ll use and the more money you’ll save.
The icons provide additional information such as noise levels and water consumption. These will differ depending on the product type.
Since March 2021
- The energy efficiency scale has changed from A+++ to D, to A-G,
- Energy labels now include a QR code, which you can scan to learn more about the product.
- All products are rated for noise A-D
- These changes are for washing machines, washer dryers, dishwashers, fridge-freezers, wine storage appliances, TVs and computer monitor.
- The energy efficiency scale hasn’t changed for cooking appliances, tumble dryers or light bulbs.
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