Which Household Appliances Are Emptying Your Purse

February 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, On Utilities

Every household has the essential appliances to keep family life running smoothly. Roughly every decade sees a new addition to the collection of appliances further adding to that ever increasing electricity bill. Why do we need so many appliances?

As technology progresses and the average person becomes either busier or lazier we opt for another appliance to do our dirty work or for additional entertainment..

Some appliances such as the cooker, washing machine and air-conditioning are essential for comfortable living but how much energy are they using? The A.C in a standard household in warm climates will make up over 50% of the electricity bill. Air augmentation is a huge factor in fuel bills and is a necessity, however efficient use of the system could bring down the price.

Make sure you are not cooling or heating parts of the house that are not in use. It is easy to turn the system on thinking you will need the air quality in other rooms but if you are not using them it is simply a waste of energy.

Well-fitted, double-glazed windows will insulate the home better and prevent cool air/heat escaping.

Keep you A.C system well maintained, this will assist in the optimum working of the system. It is advisable for any systems over around 15 years to be replaced as they are less likely to run efficiently and the newer models are designed to use nearly 50% less energy than the older models

If you are considering buying a new unit, make sure you get appropriate advice as to the most suitable unit for your home. An ill-fitting unit could lead to reduced efficiency and unnecessarily high fuel bills. The unit should have a programmable thermostat as standard with a timer built in, these factor allows the accurate optimum use of the unit. Paying for professional advice will be an economical choice in the long term.

Fridges and freezers can be guilty of racking up the electricity bill. If your appliance was purchased after 2001 however, there is more chance of it being more economical. If you are thinking of buying a new refrigerator or freezer you would be well advised to go for the Energy Start Label. Best to go for an appliance without the fancy ice dispensing features to reduce energy consumption.

Clothes dryers are high on the energy guzzling scale. However, gas dryers are far more economical and eco-friendly with using around 15% less energy than an electrical model.
Make sure the filters are kept clean on a regular basis to help with efficiency in use.

It is true some appliances use far more energy than others and it is up to us to think about what our core needs are and ways in which to reduce unnecessary use to save money and potentially help save the planet.