Energy efficiency guide

 

When buying a new home appliance, it is especially important to consider the running costs. New technology advancements and energy efficiency innovations mean you can get the best out of your machine, without affecting the monthly budget.

This guide will show you what to look out for when buying a new appliance and how to get the most energy-efficient usage from it. If you'd like to find out more about energy efficiency in your home, try calculator from the Energy Saving Trust.

Energy labelling explained

The European Union requires that certain electrical goods display an EU energy label. The legislation provides information which is specific to each product category.

The labelling scheme covers a range of large electrical appliances including fridges, freezers, washing machines, ovens, televisions and light bulbs. Each label provides a comprehensive summary of the impact on the environment.

It rates products from dark green (most efficient) to red (least efficient). The label also shows annual energy consumption and provides other information which is relevant to that product such as water consumption, noise levels for washing machines and screen size for televisions.

Online the information can be found on our product pages under key features. When in store, if you can’t find the energy label on the product, please ask one of our Partners.

Monitoring your electricity usage

Refrigerators, freezers and fridge freezers

Refrigeration appliances are one of the biggest energy consumers in your home because they are left running all the time. This makes investing in an energy-efficient fridge, freezer or fridge even more viable because it can help cut your energy bills.
Since 1 July 2012, all new refrigerators must have a rating of A+, A++ or A+++. The labels also show information on storage volume (in litres), frozen storage volume (in litres) and noise level (in decibels).

Some brands have even gone the extra mile to include unique energy saving techniques into their ranges. The latest Samsung fridge/freezers feature a holiday mode which not only makes the internal temperature slightly cooler but also doesn’t rely on as much energy to maintain temperature levels.

Washing machines

Tumble dryers

Dishwashers

Televisions

Electric ovens & hobs

Lighting & light bulbs

Kettles & coffee machines

Telephones

Batteries

Rechargeable batteries can be reused hundreds of times - saving you a lot of money in the long term. The batteries are available for generic products such as a remote control or specific products such as Pure radio. In the latter instance, the ChargePAK E1 rechargeable battery sits inside the battery compartment and charges up whilst the radio is plugged into its DC adapter. Battery chargers are neater than ever and you don’t have to wait overnight anymore for them to charge up either.

Don't forget...

..... to recycle your batteries, electrical and electronic waste equipment.

Since 2007, the UK’s waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulation has allowed members of the public to deposit old electrical and electronic items, free of charge. And since 2009, these regulations also require those who manufacture, import or produce one tonne of batteries, or those who place products containing batteries onto the UK market, to be responsible for the collection, treatment and recycling of the waste batteries.

To find out more, read our guide on electronic recycling: