A substantial percentage of the electricity we use in our homes is used by our white goods appliances. We have washing machines, tumble dryers, ovens, dishwashers and fridges. All but the fridges have heating elements, which use the most electricity.
A lot of attention has been paid to making appliances use less energy, but after many years of reducing energy usage they hit a plateau. It’s more important than ever to check out how much energy an appliance uses, but thinking laterally, there’s an easy trick that can save hundreds of pounds a year that many people still neglect.
Changing energy suppliers
So don’t forget to start right at the beginning and make sure you are buying your electricity (and gas) from one of the cheaper energy suppliers. Most people can save a significant amount of money each year – even if they’ve already changed suppliers before. I personally have switched energy suppliers about 10 times.
These savings can be far greater than the savings you could make by replacing an appliance with one that uses less energy.
We don’t need to get obsessive about constantly transferring to the cheapest energy supplier, but it does make sense to at least check we aren’t paying way over the odds by keeping an eye on competitive tariffs.
For now, people who don’t change their energy suppliers are being vastly overcharged, and it is necessary to review your energy supplier regularly, at least once a year.
If you don’t, you are missing out on hundreds of pounds of savings.
Finally, don’t make the mistake of buying an inferior appliance that wont last as long – just because it uses less energy than a better quality one.
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