Brand new appliances aren't cheap. But choose wisely and, over time, the money you could save on your energy bills will offset the initial expense. The important thing is to make sure you:
- Check the rating. Under current EU law, any new appliance you buy will carry an energy-efficiency label. The ratings go from A (green - most efficient) to G (red - least efficient). To give you a rough idea of what those ratings mean, an A+++ fridge freezer compared to an A+ model could save you as much as £200 and 580kg of CO2 over the appliance's lifetime.
If you'd like more in-depth information on energy-efficiency ratings and an idea of the money you can save, take a look at the EU guidelines on energy-efficiency labelling.
If you're in the market for a new appliance, you can see Toptenuk's most energy-efficient appliances like washing machines, ovens and freezers. They list the most efficient appliances based on their EPC rating. It's a great guide for when you're being conscious about your next purchase.