Appliances make up at least 30% of your electricity bill. As homeowners we rely on these more than ever which means this percentage is slowly increasing. It is therefore very important to buy the right appliances, maintain them and replace them at the right time to ensure you maximise energy efficiency.
Purchasing energy efficient appliances
If you’re in the market for new appliances now is the perfect time to switch to more energy efficient appliances. The cost would usually be the most important factor, but considering that you will be owning this appliance for the next 6-15 years, the running cost of the appliance should be accounted for.
There best way to see how energy efficient an appliance is before buying is to look at the energy efficiency rating on the appliance and compare these ratings before making a final purchase decision. There are energy efficiency ratings on televisions, air conditioners, dryers, dishwashers, washing machines, fridges and freezers.
Using and maintaining appliances
The way in which you use and maintain appliances has an impact on your energy bill. For example, if you place your fridge next to your oven. The heat from the oven will make the fridge work harder to keep the food cool. And this will have an impact on your electricity bill.
The two appliances that will work harder if they are not properly sealed is a fridge and oven. If cold air escapes from the fridge through an ineffective seal the fridge must work harder to maintain the set temperature. Read the manual that you get with your appliance to find out how to use and maintain your appliances and if you have lost your manual there will be e-versions available on the manufacturer’s website, or you can just find a YouTube video to assist you.
The danger in standby mode
Appliances on standby can account up to 10% of electricity bills. This means monthly some appliances use more energy while on standby compared to when they are in use.
Easyfix Maintenance Plan
Investing in a maintenance plan is important, you need your appliances and they are expensive to repair if something goes wrong. You can cover up to 5 appliances in your home for only R99pm on an Easyfix Maintenance Plan. This affordable and convenient plan will save you costs of unexpected appliance and electronics repairs. The Easyfix Maintenance Plan will cover call out fees and spares (up to a specified amount). All repairs will be done by a Teljoy accredited agent giving you the peace-of-mind you need in emergencies.