SWITCHING your electrical appliances to more energy-efficient models could save you over £100 a year.
If you are considering replacing household items such as your refrigerator or clothes dryer, be sure to check the energy consumption.
According to Which? the most energy-efficient devices cost £100 a year less to run.
The annual cost of running energy efficient appliances has increased by £41.
By comparison, the price hike for less efficient fridge-freezers, tumble dryers, washing machines and dishwashers is £138 in total – from £414 to £552.
If you’re struggling financially, you may not be able to replace all of your appliances with more efficient alternatives.
In this case, you could save money by making sure they are completely turned off when not in use.
But if you’re looking for a new fridge-freezer or clothes dryer, for example, you could save money by buying one that uses less electricity.
Keep in mind that energy-efficient appliances may be more expensive upfront.
You should determine if they will help you save money in the long run.
How can I find out the energy efficiency of my electrical appliances?
When buying a new appliance for your home, pay attention to its energy label.
This will tell you how much power it uses compared to similar devices.
The labels are based on an A to G scale, with A being the most efficient and G the least.
Products are also categorized by size, so two different sized appliances with the same energy rating may use different amounts of electricity.
As a general rule, the larger the device, the more electricity it will consume.
This means that you could save money by not buying a larger product than you actually need.
Who? tested the efficiency of fridge freezers, dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines in stores.
Which ? research does not test the effectiveness of products, so you should check reviews before making a purchase.
How to get help buying new electrical appliances
If you are struggling financially, you can get help paying for essential household items.
Contact your energy supplier as they may have a hardship scheme you can apply for.
You should also contact your local council as you may be eligible for a Household Support Fund grant.
The amount of aid available under the program varies across the country, but some local authorities will allow its use for essential household items.
If you apply for benefits, you can apply for a budget loan – although you have to pay it back.
These can be used for a wide range of things, including replacing appliances.
Search the Turn2Us website to see if there are any grants you qualify for, and make sure you get all the money you’re entitled to using a benefits calculator.
Sites such as Freecycle or Gumtree allow people to list free or cheap furniture they no longer need.
eBay and Facebook Marketplace are other places to check.
Also don’t forget your local charity shops, where there are often plenty of bargains to be found.
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