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Being smart with your money is something very important to you, you might already be good at it or you aspire to be that person. Either way, its easier said than done, it’s not always as straightforward in practice as it sounds. If that’s you then you’re in the right place. We’ve written this post to help you understand how having the right kitchen appliances can save you considerable amounts of money in the long term. We’ve also included some information on how to find the latest and most energy efficient kitchen appliances on the market to help you make those smart decisions.
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Energy prices have been rising year on year, especially for the UK consumer due to the “Big Six’ energy supply companies. This trend has meant that the average consumer has needed to be smarter and savvier when picking their energy supplier. The telegraph.co.uk details how the big six energy suppliers have raised energy prices in 2017. Price comparison websites like uswitch.com, comparethemarket.com and moneysupermarket.com have been very helpful to a consumer who want make savings. However, you still need to actually make the effort to find the best deal and take advantage of the competitive prices out there. Most people simply cannot be bothered to do this, yet they still complain about how much their energy bills have spiralled. The smart ones like you know better and are always looking for new ways to be smarter with your money and make savings on their bills.
We feel however that getting the best deal from energy suppliers is only half of the solution. The other half of the solution is for you to also get the most energy-efficient products on the market. Doing this is the smart play and should help you save on energy in the long term.
Reducing energy consumption in general by getting the most energy products we feel is the best for you to save on energy and be smart with your money. According to visualcapitalist.com, cooling and heating appliances use the most electricity in the home, accounting for 47% of home energy use. This infographic below from connect4climate.org helps to illustrate the energy consumption from products in the average home.
Most heating and cooling appliances are in the kitchen of course, but knowing how to start finding the most energy-efficient products for the kitchen can be daunting. There’s a lot of information out there, but we’ve done the research for you help you save on energy and be smart with your money. According to cooperativeenergy.coop are as follows
- Energy efficient labels: For consumers buying kitchen appliances from the European Union, the EU have energy efficiency labels for electronic products to help consumers make smarter choices. The ratings range from D being the least energy efficient and A+++ representing the highest energy efficiency. An example from tritonshowers.co.uk can be found below.
Since each kitchen appliance works differently the way their energy efficiency is calculated is therefore specific to the type of product. For example, the efficiency savings from a refrigerator would be calculated differently that of a kettle because a fridge is kept on all day and all night. Keeping an eye out for these efficiency ratings will give help to give you the right information to save on energy and be smarter with your money. We’ve found a YouTube video for you which explains energy efficient labels in more here.
- Are more expensive energy efficient products worth it?: This is a good question. The short answer is yes because any additional money spent on more expensive appliances, will be returned from savings made from reduced energy consumption and therefore reduced bills.
- Ways to rid yourself of your old appliances: Put simply you cannot just put them in the bin. They need to be disposed of carefully due to the nature of their components. According to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Efficiency guidelines (WEEE), retailers legally required to take your old appliance for without charge or tell you how to get the old appliance recycled without charge. Alternatively, many British local councils recycle old electronic appliances without charge. The WEEE applies to new appliances bought from retailers only so far.
So how do you find out what the most energy-efficient products on the market are? Energystar.gov has an excellent guide to the most energy efficient products for consumers. They have information on a whole range of electrical products and offer a United States Government certification for energy efficiency for the most energy-efficient products.
The Urgos Kettle we are developing is designed to be one of the most energy home appliances to be available in future. Energy efficiency and environmentally responsible are at the core of our values. We are hard to ensure the kettle will meet your need to save on energy and be a smarter consumer. To get notified on the latest news about the development of the kettle including its launch date, sign up for our free Newsletter to get notified as soon as the Urgos kettle is released. We hope you’ve found this article useful, please look out for our podcast version of this for a detailed explanation of the topics covered here. That’s it from us for now.
The Urgos team.