Optimise your appliances for energy efficiency
In today's fast-paced world, energy conservation is not just an environmental concern but also a financial one. Household appliances, while making our lives more comfortable, come with operational costs. If you're keen on reducing your energy bills and ensuring your appliances run efficiently, Go Assist has some expert advice for you.
Which appliances consume the most energy?
Electrical appliances that generate heat or have moving components are typically the most energy-intensive. This includes devices we use for heating, cooking, and cleaning. Every appliance has a power rating, usually in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW). The actual energy consumption, however, depends on its usage duration.
Understanding appliance lifespan and repairs
Appliances that are malfunctioning or in need of repair can consume more energy. For instance, a fridge with a faulty seal might need to work harder, thus using more electricity. Regular maintenance and timely repairs can ensure that your appliances not only last longer but also run more efficiently.
How can Go Assist help you save?
Washing machine tips:
Temperature matters: Using your washing machine at 30 or 20-degree cycles can significantly reduce energy consumption. Lower temperatures are gentler on fabrics and can effectively clean everyday laundry, saving you approximately £34 annually.
Optimal loads: Instead of running multiple small loads, wait until you have a full load. This approach maximises the machine's efficiency, reduces wear and tear, and can cut down one cycle per week, leading to noticeable savings.
Maintenance checks: Regular inspections can identify issues like blockages or worn-out components. Addressing these promptly ensures your machine operates at peak efficiency, reducing the risk of major repairs and high energy consumption.
Tumble dryer tips:
Air dry when possible: Natural drying methods, whether using indoor racks or outdoor lines, can save around £70 a year. They also reduce the wear and tear on fabrics, extending the life of your clothes.
Choose efficient cycles: Modern tumble dryers come with a variety of cycles. Opting for shorter or sensor-driven cycles can reduce energy usage, especially for clothes that aren't heavily soiled.
Regular cleaning: Lint and debris can reduce a dryer's efficiency. Cleaning the lint filter after every cycle ensures optimal airflow and reduces the risk of overheating.
Kitchen appliance tips:
Smart brewing: Overfilling your kettle means you're heating more water than necessary. By boiling only what you need, you can save energy and reduce the kettle's wear, saving around £13 annually.
Dishwasher efficiency: A half-empty dishwasher uses the same energy as a full one. By waiting until it's full before running a cycle, you optimise water and energy usage, leading to fewer monthly cycles and more savings.
Oven optimisation: A well-maintained oven heats up faster and retains heat better. Ensuring the door seal is intact and using efficient cookware like glass or ceramic pans can lead to better heat retention and quicker cooking times.
Avoid standby: Many appliances continue to draw power even when not in active use. By unplugging them or using a power strip, you can prevent this "phantom" energy usage, saving an average household around £65 annually.
Time your usage: If you're on a 'time-of-use' tariff, using appliances during off-peak hours can be more cost-effective. However, ensure safety by not running large appliances like washing machines overnight.
Monitor energy consumption: Plug-in energy monitors provide real-time data on electricity consumption. By understanding which appliances are the most energy-intensive, you can make informed decisions about usage and potential upgrades.
The Go Assist difference
Being proactive in managing our appliances is essential. Simple changes in our daily habits can lead to significant savings. Moreover, well-maintained and efficiently running machines are less prone to breakdowns, ensuring longevity and reduced repair costs.
At Go Assist, we're not just about repairing your appliances; we're about ensuring they run optimally. Our team of experts is always ready to assist, ensuring your appliances are energy-efficient and in top condition. With Go Assist, you're investing in the longevity and efficiency of your household appliances.