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

The light continues to go out on incandescent light bulbs

From 1st September 2011, shops won’t be able to buy in new stocks of clear 60 watt traditional light bulbs under EU rules. They are no longer allowed to order new stocks of clear 60W bulbs but can however sell whatever remaining stock they have and manufacturers will have to stop supplying them.

Initially, Ireland’s National Climate Change Strategy wanted the government to issue a levy for low-efficiency bulbs. In December 2007 Ireland  went one step further and became the first country in the EU to introduce new legislation to  ban  the sale of energy-wasting incandescent lightbulbs  by 2009.

It was later announced that all member states of the EU agreed to a progressive phase-out of incandescent light bulbs by 2012.

From 1st September 2012 it will be lights out  for the incandescent light bulb when the 40W incandescent light bulb will be finally banned. As in 2011 shops can sell their remaining stock and manufacturers will have to stop supplying them. This will be a big change for people as the incandescent light bulb makes up about 60% of the Irish market.

Edison Lightbulb

Edison Lightbulb

As part of an EU directive, traditional light bulbs will be replaced by more energy-efficient types — halogen bulbs, which are 30% more energy-efficient, and the CFL long-life bulbs, which are 80% more energy-efficient.

Before the legislation to ban incandescent lightbulbs was drafted, different bulb technologies were assessed in an extensive study, to determine their potential environmental benefits and impact on consumers and the light bulb industry. The EU decided to phase out conventional incandescent bulbs to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 15 million tonnes a year.

The use of traditional lightbulbs can account for as much as one-fifth of household electricity consumption. The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself. Replacing 3 x 100W incandescent lightbulbs with CFLs using 3 hours of electricity per day can save an average household up to €43 per annum.

The EU phase-out started in 2009 when 100W bulbs stopped being sold, while last September saw the phase-out of 75W bulbs. All remaining clear incandescent bulbs on the market, including 40W and 25W varieties, will be phased out in September 2012.

A traditional incandescent lightbulb and a compact fluorescent light (CFL)

CFL bulbs, or compact fluorescent lightbulbs :

CFL bulbs, or compact fluorescent lightbulbs are designed to replace incandescent, halogen and other electric lights around your house, use between 60% and 80% less energy than their incandescent counterparts, making them an increasingly popular way to cut energy use without having to make any radical changes. CFLs can be applied nearly anywhere that incandescent lights are  used. Energy-efficient CFLs can be used in recessed fixtures, table lamps, track lighting, ceiling fixtures and porchlights.

While the purchase price of an integrated CFL is typically 3 to 10 times greater than that of an equivalent incandescent lightbulb, the extended lifetime and lower energy use will more than compensate for the higher initial cost.

CFL’s are made of glass tubes filled with gas and a small amount of mercury. The amount is so small that an old-fashioned glass thermometer holds 100 times as much mercury as one CFL bulb. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact or in use, but CFLs can release mercury vapour when broken. It is important that you are aware of the steps to follow when cleaning up a broken CFL.

Light is emitted when mercury molecules in a CFL bulb become excited by electricity running between two electrodes at its base. The mercury emits an invisible ultraviolet light that becomes visible when it hits the white coating inside the CLF bulb.

It’s  important that you know how to dispose of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs because, as already stated they contain mercury, a hazardous chemical.  In Ireland (possibly the whole EU) as part of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipement (WEEE) directive, retailers must take back used CFL bulbs for free when a new bulb is bought. It is important that these are recycled and not just thrown out. The environment and cost benefits of CFL bulbs make them and excellent eco-friendly option for lighting. They can also be brought to Civic Amenity sites and disposed of free of charge.

LEDs – light emitting diodes

LEDs – light emitting diodes.  

The other option to replace incandescent bulbs are LEDs – light emitting diodes.  They are becoming increasingly popular in homes and the most common uses of LED lights are in bulbs, shop displays, flashlights, traffic lights, Christmas lights and much more.

LED bulbs last up to 10 times as long as compact fluorescents, and far longer than typical incandescents. They offer the advantages of CFLs — lower power consumption and longer lifetimes — without the downside of toxic mercury.

LEDs do not have a filament, they are not damaged under circumstances when a regular incandescent bulb would be broken. LED light bulbs use only 2-17 watts of electricity (1/3rd to 1/30th of Incandescent or CFL). LED bulbs used in fixtures inside the home save electricity, remain cool and save money on replacement costs since LED bulbs last so long.

 

Alurad – The Perfect Radiator.

Combining efficiency, style, and choice, ALURAD radiators really are the Perfect Radiator. ALURAD radiators are manufactured from high grade aluminium and offer you the chance to build your own heating system customised to both your heating and interior design needs.

ALURAD radiators are available in a range of different sizes and styles to suit every application and there are a number of towel rail options also.

The HSE recommended surface temperature of radiators in health and social care facilities is 43°Celsius. ALURAD radiators work well at these lower temperatures and are well suited to use with renewable heating systems such as heat pumps as well as more traditional systems such as oil and gas boilers. ALURAD radiators are ideal for hospitals, nursing homes, care centres, schools, public buildings, offices and homes.

By reducing the water content of your central heating system by over 50%, Alurad save energy and provide instant-response heating.

Klas Chrome Model

The vertical Klas are perfect for kitchen/dining areas where wall space for a radiator is tight.

The vertical Klas are perfect for kitchen/dining areas where wall space for a radiator is tight. Alurad has developed the Klas model by using the “Cross Air Flow” principle and the very popular narrow profile. The high temperature achieved through Crosss Air Flow radiates into spaces rapidly and homogenously ensuring high levels of heating comfort.

Mistral – timber effect model

Mistral – Understated chic!

The Mistral models are a popular choice with renovators looking for a neater, more sleek radiator. Reflecting modern design techniques and with its soft contours, Mistral offers a different sense of aesthetics for the user. Mistral’s narrow segments, curved casing and heating power distinguish it from other radiators.

 Alurad have combined the high efficiency of Klas with the unique aesthetics of Mistral to develop the Meltem model.

Alurad Kemer is different from other radiator models as it is designed for embedded installations and/or to be used as a baseboard.

Kemer

Kemer

Alurad Kombi – Created by combining two Alurad Klas radiators, Alurad Kombi is a perfect free-standing option for open spaces where high levels of heat output are required. kombi can be floor or wall mounted.

Kombi

Kombi – Freedom in Spaces

 Alurad Atlantis are designed to offer clear, sharp lines as per the preference of many architects and engineers. ATLANTIS look great with a splash of colour on one or two segments, enabling you to boldly match your room’s colour scheme.

Atlantis

Atlantis

Bali bathroom rail

Arkadia bathroom range

Elite

Elite

Zeus

Zeus

Except for very large rooms, ALURAD bathroom towel rails will provide all the heat you need in your bathroom. There is no need for a separate radiator.

Alurad high efficient radiators are available in 10 models and with up to 15 colour options, can be tailored to any interior design scheme. Alurad will be approximately 40-50% smaller than conventional radiators, to provide the same heat output.

 

ALURAD – High heat efficiency

Alurads use approx 80% less water than conventional rads and heat up 4 times faster, used in conjunction with modern heating controls Alurads will save on your energy bills. Steel radiators heat up relatively slowly and will stay warm for some time after the heating is turned off – this heat is surplus to requirements and therefore a waste of energy. In contrast, Alurad will heat up almost instantly bringing your entire house up to temperature rapidly. When the desired temperature is reached, the Alurad cool down relatively quickly. There is no waste of excess heat.

They are 30 to 50% smaller than conventional rads to provide the same heat output due to their high heat transfer as a result of their design and efficiency. They also save wall space of course because of their superior heat transfer per unit area.

Efficiency is a productivity metric, for example quantity or speed, whereas Effectiveness is a quality metric. Alurad are more effective in heating a space compared to conventional rads due to their high efficiency as explained above.

The raw material and design superiority of Alurad provides excellent heat efficiency.

See online brochure at http://www.ecoevolution.ie/alurad_flash.html , page 26 explains the operation principle of cross air flow that is used in some of the Alurad products.