Running a household is an expensive undertaking. Most appliances needed to run a happy home consume a lot of energy and there’s no way around it, right? Well, not really. Identifying equipment that uses a lot of energy and, making a few switches here and there can significantly reduce your energy bills.
According to OVO Energy, a combined fridge-freezer uses between 250 and 427 kWh every year. And households that use a separate fridge and freezer can expect to use much more.
Expected annual running costs
In monetary terms, 250 - 427 kWh per year translates to an annual running cost of £40 to £65. Meanwhile, the average fridge uses around 170 kWh (£25) per year and a separate freezer consumes between 170 and 360 kWh (£40) every year. To lower costs, it’s advised to go for an energy-efficient combined fridge-freezer with a quality efficiency rating ( A++ is the highest rating).
3 tips for reducing your Fridge Freezer’s energy consumption
A kitchen is never complete without a decent fridge freezer to store away food and drinks. Here are some top tips to make the most out of yours:
Consider setting your fridge freezer down by a couple of degrees. Every degree lower uses about 5% less energy.
Avoid overcrowding your fridge-freezer. The more items inside mean more work for the appliance and a reduction of efficiency. A crammed fridge is also at risk of not closing properly and that creates its own problem for energy use and hygiene.
Let hot food cool down before storing it in the fridge. The heat could be harmful to the cooling units and make your fridge work overtime.
In just under 20 years, the percentage of UK homes with a dishwater increased from 18% to just under 50% of the population. Try these suggestions to keep your dishwater in tip-top shape:
Skip the pre-rinse. Dishwashers nowadays are powerful enough to get your dishes squeaky clean on just a normal cycle.
Air dry your plates. If your dishwasher comes with this feature it’s worth leaving this part out. Simply opening the doors at the end will dry your bowls, cutlery and the like, the natural way.
Use dishwashing liquid or powder that’s biodegradable, free of petroleum and phosphates. This should prevent the build-up of limescale and rust and increase your machine’s efficiency.
While considering the tips we’ve given you, you could take it a step further. Upgrading your appliances to more energy-efficient models can cut your bills in the long run. The initial cost of buying new appliances may give you cause the pause initially but, as they are much more efficient and will need repairing less often, you should see a difference in saving further down the road.
Checking appliance efficiency ratings when purchasing new or upgrading
When researching new appliances, check for the appliance efficiency rating. Most appliances like white goods have to display an EU Energy Label which rates how efficient or inefficient the device is. They are graded from A to G (or A +++ to G for fridge-freezers) with A being the most efficient.
Use of an appliance energy monitor
An energy monitor is like a smart tablet for your energy appliances at home. Some energy suppliers offer them for free along with their tariffs. An energy monitor won’t save you money directly but its display will lay out where you’re using the most energy. This, in turn, could make you change up your energy consumption habits for the betterment of your wallet.
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