Energy Efficiency and Kitchen Appliances

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Natasha Kennedy

Oct 17, 2009, 10:05:00 AM10/17/09
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Start making your effort to reduce your carbon footprint and save
money at the same time. If you're shopping for a new dishwasher,
cooker, fridge freezer or oven, always look for the Energy Saving
Recommended logo. They will cost less to run and help reduce carbon
Refrigeration - Side by side fridge freezers use more energy than
similarly sized models with the freezer on top, even if they both
carry the ENERGY STAR on board. The government holds the two
categories to different standards, allowing side-by-sides to use
10-30% more energy. Icemakers and through-the-door ice also add to
energy consumption.
In cooking, when it comes to choosing the fuel type, gas is usually
preferable to electricity as a heating fuel. But because cooking
doesn't make a huge overall impact on your energy bill, this choice
has more to do with your own preference. Many people find that gas
offers better cooking control; however, it also introduces combustion
products into the house that must be vented to the outside. Be sure to
purchase an energy-efficient range hood that vents cooking products up
from the cooktop and directly outside (avoid down-draft vents).
The EU Energy Rating measures energy efficiency on a seven point scale
from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The rating covers a
variety of household appliances including fridges, freezers and fridge-
freezers, washing machines, electric tumble driers, combined washer-
driers, lamps, electric ovens and air conditioners. By law, all
retailers in the EU must display an energy efficiency rating on these
products. A product with an A rating will have passed a rigorous,
impartial testing procedure, so you can be sure of its high energy
If everyone in the UK upgraded their old refrigeration appliance to an
A-rated, energy efficient product, energy wastage would be cut by over
two-thirds. Buying an energy efficient fridge freezer to replace your
inefficient model could cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 296
kilos a year.
Also, why not consider applying for a grant, availble to many people
throughout the UK. The UK Government funds schemes providing up to
'2,700 to households on certain benefits (see below for examples of
eligibility criteria) to improve their heating and energy efficiency.
In England the scheme is known as Warm Front, in Northern Ireland it
is Warm Homes, in Scotland it is Warm Deal and the Central Heating
Programme and in Wales it is the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme. The
eligibility criteria for the schemes differ between countries - with
some schemes you need to be in receipt of certain benefits, whilst
others are available to anyone over a certain age.

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