Is your fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer costing you more than it should? There are a lot of energy savings to be made just by making a few simple changes to the way that you use them.
And, as everyone should already know, that means money left in your bank account rather than being handed over to your utility company.
We’ve put together some simple tips that can help you save energy – and money – on your white goods. Read on to find out more.
If you want to save energy, then you should start your new regime at the buying process. Check the star ratings for all your white goods before you buy them, and make sure that it is as high as your money can afford. There is no real tradeoff here, so it is solely down to your personal choice.
If your equipment is old, it might be worth looking at an upgrade. Older fridge freezers, for example, cost around twice as much as newer models to run. So, if you have the cash to invest, a new model will pay for itself within a few years.
Optimum Energy Use
Fridges and freezers are complex devices that many of us take for granted. Which, in effect, is why so many of us are spending too much to power them. For example, did you know that there is an optimum level of storage for every fridge? In general, if you aren’t keeping your appliance at least two-thirds full, you are wasting money. Perhaps it’s time to get a smaller fridge?
Fridges like to be full, and they will work better when they are. But, you should never crowd your food and drinks in there so that everything is packed tight. It’s the same for dishwashers and washing machines – pack them too tight and they won’t do their jobs. It’s a tricky balance to strike, but once you find your optimum level, you should start to make savings on your energy costs.
As with all household appliances, your white goods need to be regularly maintained – and perhaps even at certain times of the year. For example, fridges and freezers do not like the heat and tend to suffer when the ambient temperature rises. Make sure to plan for summer refrigerator maintenance every year. You should also defrost them once every six months, or when the ice in the freezer gets more than a half-inch thick.
Washer dryers need a little more tending to. The filters can get clogged in the space of a few washes, so you have to make sure that you are cleaning them out well if you want your appliance to run properly. Dishwashers are the same – and need cleaning out at least once a month to remain efficient.
Get these simple energy savings in place and you will start to see your utility bills falling. It’s important to attack your energy waste all in one go to have the most impact. And, although the savings in money terms might not seem a lot per appliance, it will be noticeable over the year.
If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.