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Saving energy to save money: A look at home appliances

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You probably already know how major changes like loft insulation, cavity wall insulation etc. can help you save energy and save money at home.  If you want a quick but thorough overview, here is a quality infographic from Clydesdale Bank to explain how to save energy at home.

If you are like most people however, you may not realise how electrical appliances can drain energy and cost you money even when you have done the major energy savings changes.  This piece takes a look at this.

Energy efficiency of older appliances

As energy appliances get older, they generally use more energy.  An older appliance will use more energy if it is left on compared with a newer and more energy efficient one.

Fridges and freezers are some of the most culpable here.  An older fridge or freezer may generally be draining more energy than you’d think. As they get older, the seal becomes less effective leading to the use of more energy than it should. A good way to confirm if the seal is working optimally is to place a piece of paper between the seal before you close it. If you can easily pull the piece of paper away, there is a good chance that the appliance is using more energy than necessary.

As you decide to buy a new appliance, you need to watch out for the energy efficiency label. The label ranges from A+++ to G, G being the least energy efficient. All major appliances come with these labels so you need to confirm the label on your air conditioners, electric ovens, washing machines, freezers, washing machines, freezers etc. before you make the purchase.

Leaving appliances on standby

At peak hours (basically at night) the average home has 15 gadgets turned on at once.  Now most of these items have standby modes and many people use do use them.  Some of the appliances that will use a significant amount of energy even when they are on standby include cookers, microwaves, chargers, DVD players and Televisions, and many need to be off to stop using energy.   Therefore, it is important to turn off the main switch for any appliances that show lights or digital displays even when not in use.  If you don’t turn off your appliance at the wall when you have finished using it, it could be draining energy and costing you money.

Excessive charging

A large proportion of the population are guilty of overcharging gadgets, especially plugging them in before going to bed.  A gadget that is fully charged but still plugged in may still be draining energy so unplug all gadgets once you get a notification that they are completely charged.

Overcharging your device is a sure way to reduce battery performance. The gadget will gradually lose its ability to hold a full charge over a period of time. Consider getting a timer for your outlets to avoid overcharging while sleeping or when you are away from home.

With these tips, you will be able to ensure your electrical appliances are energy saving, while retaining any monetary savings made by installing major energy saving apparatus around the home.