Chooseday’s Choice! ~ What energy rating are your appliances?

Where does your energy go?

Under EU law domestic appliances including dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, fridges, freezers and ovens in Ireland must display an energy rating label when offered for sale. These labels are designed to help consumers  make an informed decision about the energy consumption of domestic appliances. The labels are clear and concise, and provide useful information such as the appliances energy consumption (kWh) and noise level (dB).  An important component of the energy label is the energy efficiency rating which is scaled from ‘A’ which is most energy efficient to ‘G’  which is the least energy efficient. It’s hoped that consumers will be more mindful of the potential energy consumption of appliances and choose a more energy efficient, environmentally friendly model.

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a ratedIn an attempt to keep up with advances in energy efficiency and the increased energy efficiency levels achieved in the design of certain electrical appliances by manufacturers the EU created the following new ratings  A+, A++ and A+++ for domestic fridges, freezer and fridge freezers.

Labelling

The energy labels are separated into at least four categories:

  • The appliance’s details: according to each appliance, specific details, of the model and its materials
  • Energy class:  rated from A+, A++, A+++, A to G which gives an idea of the appliance’s electrical consumption
  • Consumption, efficiency, capacity, etc.
  • Noise: the noise emitted by the specific appliance when in operation

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Did you know?

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment. By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

Remember: by buying energy efficient appliances you are not only reducing your energy bills and saving money you are also helping the environment. The next time a kitchen appliance needs replacing check out the energy ratings of each appliance (which should be clearly displayed on every product) and purchase the most energy efficient one that you can afford. The better the energy rating the more money you will save on your energy bills. If all your household appliances are A rated it is possible to save up to €100 on your yearly energy bill.

What energy rating are your kitchen appliances? When purchasing a new appliance does the energy rating make a difference to your final decision?

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

An ‘A’ rated appliance will use about 55% of the electricity of a similarly sized appliance with a ‘D’ rating. Always look for the energy label and purchase ‘A’ rated appliances where possible, they can save their replacement cost over their lifetime and benefit the environment.

By purchasing an ‘A’ rated fridge instead of a ‘C’ rated one, each household could save €14 per annum or collectively €18m nationally, with CO2 savings of over 85,000 tonnes annually.

– See more at: http://www.seai.ie/Schools/Post_Primary/Subjects/Home_Economics_JC/Appliances/#sthash.5z4UPxes.dpuf

Comments

Comments
  • Bernie O' Neill says:

    Nice timely reminder Mary. It’s so easy to let the price dictate what appliance you are going to buy. More and more home owners are conscious of the merits of buying ‘A’ rated products and the possible savings that can be made throughout the year.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Bernie:) I think in general homeowners are more aware of the advantages of buying energy rated appliances and realise the savings that can be made on their energy bills. With the on going energy increases homeowners will be looking at all possible ways to reduce their energy consumption and buying energy rated products especially ‘A’ rated ones is a step in the right direction.

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