Todays guest post is about efficiency
Cheap kitchen appliances may seem like the bargain of the century.
There are plenty of washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers on the market that can be picked up for less than £100.
The hidden costs are often the most damaging, however. Which.co.uk have reviewed hundreds of dryers, fridge freezers, washers and all manner of other appliances in terms of energy usage, and some of the findings are astounding.
The difference in average electricity costs used over one year between one type of tumble dryer and another can be as much as almost £100. Choosing energy-efficient appliances over those with a smaller initial cost could end up saving you thousands.
If you are on the hunt for a new washing machine you should make sure that you are getting one that isn’t going to cost you a fortune in electricity. Most retailers will give you information on a washing machines maximum spin cycle and load capacity to help you find the right one. For example, do you really need a washer that spins at 1400rpm and can hold 12kg of washing if you live on your own?
For example, this washer dryer found at Appliances Direct has a green energy rating of A+ and will save you a packet on next year’s fuel bill. With energy prices soaring as quickly as they have been, any savings are noticeable. By choosing to fit only energy efficient appliances throughout your home you could find your fuel bills are cut in half.
Tumble dryers are notoriously expensive to run. Look for one that uses heat pump technology as well as has a high energy rating.
The heat pump uses the steam created naturally and pumps it back onto the outside of the drum, which keeps it hotter for longer without using more power. You could also try searching for a gas powered dryer, as gas is currently far cheaper than electricity.
The downside to this is that there will be a one-off gas fitting installation fee of somewhere in the region of £200/£300, but after that you will enjoy lower energy bills for many years to come.