Many new domestic appliances carry an EU energy label which rates products from A-G for energy efficiency where A is most energy efficient and G least energy efficient. However these ratings do not provide an indication of actual energy costs and can be misleading; it does not follow that all A rated appliances cost the same to run, in some categories a B rated appliance can cost less to run than an A rated appliance. Confused? Well this section provides you with the facts about the energy consumption of various domestic appliances; it includes guidance on actual energy costs and whether energy consumption should be a factor in your purchasing decision. Click on the different products below to help you compare energy costs.
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|£ 10+||Think twice, perhaps you should focus elsewhere first|
|£ 100+||Worth doing|
|£ 1000+||Focus your effort here to save as much money as possible|
|less than 15 years to payback investment|
|More than 15 years to payback the investment|
|W||Watt||Unit of Power|
|kWh||Kilowatt hour||Measure of Energy|
|L||Litre||Measure of Volume|
|Measures to reduce fuel bills||ROI*|
|Cavity Wall Insulation||2.2|
|Solid Wall Insulation||15.1|
|Solar Hot Water||34|
*ROI is the time it takes in years to return the investment in fuel savings for an average gas heated 3 bed semi-detached house. The table assumes no government incentive schemes are used.
|Renewable Energy Measures||ROI**|
- Replacing Electric
|4 to 8|
- Replacing LPG
|15 to 30|
|Wind Power||14 to 55|
|Solar Photovoltaics||24 to 64|
**ROI is the time it takes in years to return the investment in electricity savings. The table assumes no government incentive schemes are used.