Each year a substantial amount of electricity is used to complete everyday household chores. Appliances are the work horses of the kitchen. We rely on washing machines to do the laundry, dishwashers to clean the dishes and fridge freezers to keep our food fresh. However, these trustworthy appliances are among the most expensive to run. An energy-efficient performer will minimise environmental damage whilst saving you valuable money on your energy bills over time.
We know choosing energy saving appliances for the kitchen can be a daunting task so we’ve put together a few tips and a little advice on what features to look out for to make your search as easy as possible for you.
Dishwashers, Washing Machines & Tumble Dryers.
Many appliances now offer technology which automatically adjusts the settings during the cycle. Unique sensors monitor the load and automatically adjust the water pressure, temperature and time settings to save on water and energy with outstanding end results.
A large number of modern, highly energy efficient appliances feature this technology, however you’ll find that each manufacturer will have chosen a name that is unique to their brand. For example, Whirlpool’s 6th Sense range features this clever technology. A 6th Sense Power Clean Dishwasher from Whirlpool will reduce cycle times and energy consumption by up to 50% compared to regular dishwashers! Gorenje washing machines feature SensoCare Technology plus you’ll also find AEG & Electrolux laundry appliances feature OptiSense technology.
Eco – Cycle
We highly recommend that you look for models that have environmentally friendly eco care cycles as they are uniquely designed to reduce electricity and water consumption resulting in lower running costs for you.
An eco cycle on a washing machine can be specifically programmed for cottons, synthetics and fast wash cycles and could help you save up to 70% in energy.
The Whirlpool FSCR12441 is a superb energy efficient washing machine. It features an outstanding A+++ energy rating, reducing energy consumption by a whopping 60%. With Zen and eco friendly 6th Sense Technology a 12kg drum capacity plus the option to control the appliance remotely from your mobile device it is little wonder the FSCR12441 is among one of the most popular models within our range.
Many modern appliances feature a delay-start function which allows users to take full advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity tariffs. With this function you can delay the start time for between 1-24 hours meaning you could be cleaning your dirty dishes whilst you sleep or programme your washing to be ready for when you get home!
Old appliances are often noisy during operation so starting a cycle to run during the evening would be off limits, especially if you have young children trying to sleep in the house! With modern domestic appliances offering super silent technology it is now possible to run your dishwasher, tumble dryer or washing machine during the evening (off peak/cheaper periods) without being disturbed.
You’ll find ZEN Technology in many Whirlpool washing machines. Models that feature ZEN Technology create less vibration, lower spin speeds and more peace and quiet thanks to a high-performance traction motor that directly rotates the drum.
The Gorenje W98F65E/IUK washing machine boasts an A+++(-20%) energy class. It consumes 50% less energy than an A energy rated machine due to the Inverter Power Drive Motor. The powerful inverter power drive motor helps to achieve an excellent washing performance in a highly efficient way as it operates without brushes to eliminate friction and mechanical stress creating a notably quieter performance.
Advantages of The Gorenje Inverter Power Drive motor:
- High efficiency
- Low noise (less or up to 6dB)
- Higher load capacity (up to 9kg)
- Higher speed (up to 1600 rpm)
- Lower energy consumption
- Longer life span
- Better overall washing performance
We have carefully selected a number of super energy efficient washing machines and tumble dryers, all of which will provide outstanding results. Click here to check out our top picks.
Half Load – Dishwashers
Choosing a dishwasher with a half load function is ideal for when you don’t have a full load but simply cannot wait. The programme time is reduced and up to 30% less water is used which is not only good for the environment but it will save you money too.
The Whirlpool, WIO3O33DELUK, Integrated Dishwasher boasts an impressive A++ energy rating and has an array of special features including eco friendly 6th Sense Technology, making it one of the best dishwashers on the market. It also has single rack washing and a resource efficient half load option too.
We have hand picked a selection of highly energy efficient dishwashers all featuring the latest in technology. To see our top picks click here.
Unlike your washing machine or dishwasher, your fridge freezer is on 24 hours a day, so it is especially important to do your research and opt for a highly efficient model. Many of the refrigerators in our collection offer an A+ or higher energy rating. Our most energy efficient models minimise environmental damage and use up to 25% less energy than equivalent A-rated products.
It is worthwhile looking for models that feature special technology such as subtle reminders that the door has been left open or models that have a holiday mode, small but beneficial energy conserving features.
It is worth investing in a fridge with an eco or holiday mode. This means the fridge can be programmed to work in a power-saving mode, ideal for when you go away on holiday and you know the door will remain closed until you return home.
Opt for a fridge freezer with an acoustic alarm as this will alert you if your fridge door has been left ajar and open for longer than necessary. If you leave your fridge freezer door open too long then the appliance needs to work harder to keep the contents cool resulting in a hike in your energy usage.
It’s also worth being extra vigilant with the storing of food;
- The internal temperature in your fridge should be between 1 & 4°C. It is important to make sure it remains at an optimum temperature to keep your food fresh and running costs low.
- Generally speaking, when your fridge is full your refrigerator will run more efficiently, so try to keep a well stocked fridge if you can!
- Always wait until food has cooled before adding the items to your freezer. Adding warm items to the freezer will consume more energy as the machine will have to work harder to reach its optimum temperature.
- Defrost food in the fridge. By placing frozen items in the fridge to gradually defrost it will cool the internal temperature so the appliance need not work as hard to stay chilled!
The stylish Whirlpool, BSNF8993PBUK, Free-Standing Fridge Freezer is worth the investment. Featuring 6th sense technology food can be kept fresher for up to four times longer as the humidity and temperature settings are automatically adjusted. Awarded an A+++ energy rating this highly efficient, top of the range fridge freezer can also be controlled remotely with Whirlpools 6th Sense Live!
If your budget and space allows, the Caple, CAFF60, American Style Fridge Freezer is a fabulous A++ energy rated fridge freezer, perfect for large families. It has 3 independent temperature zones allowing you to store veg and meat at separate temperatures to keep them fresher for longer. A stylish, triple glazed, argon filled glass viewing window allows you to see exactly what’s in the fridge even before you open the door.
The CAFF60 by Caple also includes a filtered, plumbed in automatic ice maker so you’ll always have ice ready for your G&T’s! There’s even a glass marinating tray included, a sliding bottle tray, 2 freezer drawers plus an audible alarm will alert you should you leave the door open helping to keep the appliance running as efficiently as possible.
We have carefully selected a number of super energy efficient refrigerators and freezers, all of which will provide outstanding results. Click here to find out more.
Ditch The Kettle To Save Time, Energy And Water.
Another hugely inefficient home appliance is the kettle. Not only is it the main cause of accidents in the kitchen but it also wastes a large amount of water, time and energy. The installation of a boiling water tap ensures you have the perfect solution to all these problems. Instant boiling water on demand means you’ll use only the water you need when you want it which is great for the environment.
Boiling water taps are increasing in popularity and for good reason, they’re stylish and free up valuable worktop space but most importantly, instant boiling water on demand means you use only the water you require when you want it. Just imagine no more waiting round for the kettle the boil! You’ll save a mountain of precious time and conserve energy too.
Manufacturers of boiling water taps know safety is hugely important. All taps that we source at Appliance House are expertly engineered and include special technology such as child proof locks and insulated spouts to ensure the safety of all users.
The Quooker Flex is a fabulous hot tap which delivers 100°C boiling, hot and cold water from one spout. It is the first ever boiling hot water tap to include an integral hose too making it an exclusive 4-in-1 tap!
The new, award winning, Grohe Red 2.0 is also a fantastic kettle hot tap choice. The Grohe Red Duo 2.0 offers hot, cold and 99°C boiling water at the touch of a button.
To see more energy efficient boiling water taps in our range please click here.
If you are planning to upgrade your old appliance and about to embark on the search for an energy efficient replacement be sure to look at the energy rating and research the special features available to you before you make your final decision. Although you may be paying out a large amount of money to upgrade your old energy-guzzling appliance it is worth remembering that in the long run a new efficient model will reduce energy consumption to help you save money. It really is worth the investment, just make sure you shop wisely!
Don’t worry about the removal of your old appliance. We offer an eco-friendly removal and recycling service for your old appliance so you can leave the heavy lifting to us. For just £10 we will collect your old appliance at the same time as we deliver your brand new one making life even easier for you.
If you require any further advice or wish to talk to one of our team about our range of energy efficient appliances please give us a ring on 0330 002 0229, we’re a knowledgeable team and always happy to help.