Save Money In 2012 With Our Handy Household Appliance Tips
With utility bills and the cost of living soaring we’ve put together 5 tips to help you save money in 2012 by best utilising your home appliance.
1. Always Check The Energy Rating
When choosing your kitchen or home appliance one of the first features you should consider is the Energy Rating. Many appliances from electric ovens, fridges, freezers and dishwashers to tumble dryers, washer dryers and wine cabinets are all rated using a standardised method and are awarded a rating of A-G, A being the most efficient and G the least efficient. As technologies have evolved, the ratings have expanded to include A+++ or A-60%, meaning an A+++ appliance uses 60% less energy than an A rated machine. An energy efficient domestic appliance will use less electricity, is often quieter, will reduce your utility bill and can save you £100 in running costs compared to a less efficient appliance.
2. Install A Dishwasher
To many a dishwasher is seen as a luxury appliance however this one off purchase will end up saving you time and most importantly money in the long term. Dishwashers typically use 16 litres of water per day whilst washing dishes by hand uses 21 litres and manufacturers are continually researching how to use less then 16 litres and still leave your cutlery and plates wonderfully clean. Many models now come with an Eco programme that uses less energy and still produce fantastic results.
3. Choose The Correct Setting
When you install your new appliance you should always read the manual and find out what each feature or programme does, the benefits of doing so include a better performance and also reduced utility bills. With your washing machine, tumble dryer; washer dryer and dishwasher make sure you use the Eco Cycle as it will use a lower temperature and less water/energy. Check your oven for preset programmes which automatically use the correct settings or if you have the luxury of Pyrolytic liners make sure you run the cycle regularly as one cycle will usually cost 50p, meaning you’ll save money using less harmful chemical cleaners.
4. Delay Timers
Take advantage of a Delay Timer feature on your kitchen appliance that can delay the start of a washing cycle to begin during the night when some energy suppliers reduce the rate of electricity. Not only will you save money you’ll also not have to hear the noise of the washing machine or tumble dryer throughout the day.
Lastly, you should always keep up the maintenance of your appliance in order to keep it running at its optimum performance and in the process keep your bills down. If you have a washing machine, run a boil wash to kill any remaining bacteria; use salt crystals in your dishwasher to clean the inside and the pipes to remove unwanted grease and remember to remove any fluff from the lint tray. These are all simple solutions to keeping your home appliances running perfectly, but remember to get the best out of any machine always read the manual.