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Published on April 5th, 2013 | by Pete

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The modern-day appliances that can save you hundreds

You may think that you can’t afford to upgrade your home appliances because of the upfront costs, but the truth is that most homeowners can’t afford not to. With energy-efficiency improvements on everything from dishwashers to DVRs, you could be missing out on hundreds of pounds of savings each year by holding on to your decade-old appliances. Here’s the breakdown of how modern-day appliances can save you more money.

The kitchen may be one of the most energy-draining places in your home. Just think of all the appliances plugged up in there! From the microwave to the refrigerator, searching for energy-efficient appliances can end up saving you hundreds of pounds a year on your electricity bill. For example, buying a fridge or freezer endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust could mean that you save an average of nearly £90 per year. And being energy-smart when looking for a new dishwasher can save you almost £10 per year compared with buying the standard brand. The key is to look for a model with a least an ‘A’ rating, primarily because it uses less water.

You can also save energy with the way you cook, not just the appliances you use to do so. For example, boiling water in an electric kettle will be faster than boiling it on a stove. And heating food in an energy efficient convection microwave is more efficient than doing so in an oven, no matter what brands you invest in.

Laundry appliances will be a big draw for homeowners looking to slash their electricity bills, as well. As with other products, it is good to look for an energy efficiency rating on tumble dryers, but you can make your search simpler by seeking out one that chimes automatically when the load is completely dry. This will save you hours in energy-zapping drying that is unnecessary. When it comes to washing machines, getting one that uses less water will help you curb both your electricity and your water bills.

In addition to these necessary appliances, there are also gadgets that we bring into the home for entertainment or comfort, too. You shouldn’t eliminate these items, such as flat-screen tvs, computers or DVRs, just because they can use more energy. It’s a better tactic to look for ones that are energy efficient. If you’re stuck when trying to decide how big your tv screen should be, consider this: a 22-inch flatscreen will run your electricity bill up by £6 a year. However, merely increasing the size by a factor of 2.5 will have an exponential effect on your bill; a 56-inch screen will cost five-times more to power. This is simple math, but it’s critical to making smart decisions when it comes to appliances.

Because products aren’t marketed by how much it generally costs to power them per year, you should know that letter ratings (such as A and A+) are only useful if you are comparing two products of equal or nearly equal size. For example, a small refrigerator with an A rating may still cost less to power than a larger fridge with an A++ rating.

Overall, any upgrades you make can be profitable. Not only will these appliances pay for themselves in a matter of a few years, but they will keep saving you energy — and money — in the long run.

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