Hotpoint energy label

This Energy Saving Week, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau are offering some great advice on how to switch and save on your utility bills, but did you know that old appliances can be one of the worst culprits of rising energy costs in your home?

Here in the UK, the average lifespan of a home appliance is 8-10 years – so we’d like to take a collective moment with you to think about what technology looked like 10 years ago.

Raise a smile? Us too.

In reality though, aging, hard-working appliances such as washing machines, fridges and hobs can use significantly more resources than their newer models – whether it’s because they use older, less efficient technology or maybe they’ve just been such long-serving members of the household, they’ve no longer got the smooth moves they once had.

Whatever the reason, we’ve put together some interesting facts on why it might be time to invite the new generation of tech into your home, how – since 2012 – there’s been big changes in the energy grading of appliances on offer.

Energy Labels Explained

  • Washing Machines

    • Did you know that since 2014, washing machines can only be labelled A+++, A++ or A?
    • The efficiency you see on the label is measured in kilowatts per hour (kWh) and is universally tested on all machines by running a full and partial 60°c cotton load, and 40°c partial cotton load. The less kWh used, the more efficient the machine.
  • Dishwasher

    • Since 2011, all dishwashers are graded A+++ to D. Prior to this models could be graded as low as G which would mean they were incredibly inefficient.
    • Energy labels for dishwashers will show your how much energy is consumer in kilowatts per year (kWh), and also list what the annual water consumption is expect to be.
    • To test all dishwashers fairly, the rating is determined by washing a collection of soiled tableware and dishes using a standard cycle.
  • Fridge Freezer

    • Did you know that since July 2012, all new fridge freezer models must be rated A+++, A++ or A? Though retailers can still sell older models rated A or B.
    • New labels will show you the storage in litres, frozen storage volume also in litres, and the noise level in decibels.
    • Energy consumption is measured using a constant exterior room temperature of 25°c, with the fridge and/or freezer model partially full.
  • Tumble Dryer

    • All electric tumble dryers will have a rating between A+++ and G. As of 2012, gas tumble dryers must also now have an energy label.
    • Labels include the annual energy consumption in kilowatts (kWh), type of dryer, cycle time, capacity in kilos and noise emission in decibels.
    • For uniformed testing, the rating is determined by measuring the energy used for a cotton drying cycle.

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