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energy efficient appliances
It’s a bit of a cliché about the amount of energy consumed by TVs on standby, but in truth, there is a great variation in the amounts of energy that our household appliances use. Just think about your fridge, freezer, washing machine, oven, iron and kettle – together these gadgets will be responsible for a large slice of your energy bills.

not all appliances are born equal
Help is at hand if you're choosing a new appliance. A well established EU labelling scheme rates appliances from A++ (the most efficient) down to G (the least efficient). These labels must be shown on all refrigeration and laundry appliances, dishwashers, electric ovens and lightbulb packaging.

running costs
You can roughly work out the running costs of an appliance by multiplying the average annual kWh consumption figure given on the label by the price for a unit of electricity.

In the example on the left, that would be 325 kWh X 7 pence (approx current cost of a unit of electricity). So 325 kWh x £0.07 = an annual running cost of around £22.75

The Energy Saving Trust provide more information about the labelling of appliances here.

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