The next time you are purchasing a home appliance, make sure to check the EU Energy Label on the back of the appliance. The label is present to provide customers with accurate and comparable information on domestic household appliances relating to energy consumption, performance and other essential characteristics. It allows customers to identify how energy efficient a product actually is and to assess a product’s potential to reduce energy costs on your electrical services.

All the information contained on the label, is based on test standards prescribed in European Legislation. The label initially classified products from A to G, A being the most efficient energy class and G the least efficient. The labeling was revised when European legislation introduced classes up to A+++ to adapt to technological developments and to allow further product differentiation in terms of energy efficiency.

1.     Dishwashers

Use the economy button where possible when using the dishwasher. You can stop the dishwasher before it reaches the drying cycle and open the door to allow the clean dishes and cutlery air dry.

2.     Electric Ovens

An electric oven can be one of the more expensive items to use in terms of electricity. Stop yourself from constantly opening the oven door to check cooking. Each time you do this, you lose approximately 20% of the accumulated heat. Where possible, cook more than one item at a time so you are getting the most out of your electric oven.

3.     Microwaves

If you have a microwave oven, it is better to use this for reheating food that your electric oven as it is more energy efficient. A tip to think about is to arrange any unevenly shaped items in the microwave with the thickest portion at the outside and stir or turn over your food to speed up the cooking time.

4.     Fridges & Freezers

Defrost and clean out the inside of your fridge and freezer at least every 6 months. Letting frost build up in the freezer compartment in particular increases the use of energy consumption. Think about where you have placed your fridge and freezer. Make sure they are not in the path of direct sunlight and ideally not next to the oven or boiler either.

5.     Washing Machines

Put on a full load of washing as this is much more economical compared to two half loads. Ensure the washing cycle you have selected is on the lowest temperature possible for the items being washed by checking clothing labels. It is also better to use a cold rinse for your clothes.

6.     Tumble Dryers

Use tumble dryers sparingly. It is much better to dry clothing and bed linen naturally outside in the air when possible or inside on a clothes horse. If this isn’t possible, make sure to dry heavy items separately from lighter items and turn off the dryer as soon as they are dry as you don’t want to over dry the clothes.