With global-warming an imminent threat, now is as good a time as any to do your bit for the environment and invest in eco-friendly appliances. So, what does eco-friendly mean? Simply put, it means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment. This term most commonly refers to products that contribute to green living or practices that help conserve resources like water and energy. So, not only is going green good for the environment, it goes a long way in saving you rands on your water and electricity bill. Isn't it time you considered making your appliance choices eco-friendly?
There are several factors to consider when buying eco-friendly appliances: their energy-efficiency rating, how much water they use, the number of raw materials and energy used to manufacture them, whether or not they can be recycled and the manufacturer's overall carbon footprint. The energy efficiency of the appliance is rated in terms of a set of energy efficiency classes from A to G on the label, A being the most energy efficient, G the least efficient.
To be considered energy-efficient, a washing machine must have at least an A class energy rating. The Defy 8kg front loader is A+++ rated and is manufactured with environmentally friendly materials.
Opt for a dishwasher with an energy rating of A+ or more — each plus after the A reduces your usage costs by 30 percent per year. The Bosch 12 place dishwasher has an A+ energy efficiency rating and features an EcoSilence drive, which guarantees low electricity consumption. The Defy 12 place dishwasher is now A+ rated, offering improved energy efficiency up to 30% compared to its previous A energy rating to save more on electricity costs and benefit the environment.
While ovens and stoves don't have ratings, gas is usually more efficient, and when it comes to electrical ovens, a model that is fan-forced uses 30 percent less energy than conventional ovens. Some options in this category are the Defy Gemini oven, and for stovetops, the Slimline Ceran Hob and the Gemini solid hob.
When it comes to fridges, purchasing a fridge that is the right size for your needs and has an energy rating of A or higher can add up to significant savings. For small fridge needs, the Hisense 161lt top freezer or Defy 151lt are eco-friendly choices with a minimum of A energy rating. For much bigger fridges, there's a wide range of energy efficient Defy fridges like the 247lt fridge freezer or the side by side 555lt fridge.
Microwaves generally use less energy than ovens/stoves, so use them whenever possible. Go further and get yourself the Samsung 32lt/40lt solo microwave oven which boasts an ECO Mode setting. Using this setting significantly reduces power usage, delivering savings to your household on monthly energy bills.
Most TV's and audio equipment consume a lot of energy, so the options in this category are pretty limited. The Polk T and Denon X550 Home Theater Package come with a powerful 5-channel Amplifier with ECO mode, solving your audio needs while saving you energy.
For kettles, the sleek Russel Hobbs eco kettle offers an energy efficient solution to all your heating needs. You can also go further and implement eco-friendly practices in your office with the Canon Maxify / Samsung printer and Dell monitor. The Samsung printer is easy on the environment. It's Eco-friendly, and award-winning, software lets you save on toner, paper, and energy with the push of a button. The Dell monitor is strictly made with Environment-friendly materials including arsenic-free glass, and a mercury-free LED panel. Its circuit boards are made from brominated flame retardant (BFR)- and PVC-free laminates, and it has more than 25% post-consumer recycled plastics in its chassis.