Top tip: Check the Energy rating
When you are looking to upgrade or replace an appliance, it’s best to check the appliance’s energy label, and look for the product with the best energy rating for the size you require.
If you choose products in the best available class, you can make substantial savings. Choosing a D-rated fridge freezer over a F-rated unit will save you about £570 in energy bills over the 17-year lifetime of the product. Choosing an A-rated washing machine over a D-rated one could save you around £130 over its 11-year lifetime. The most efficient dishwashers on the market have a D rating, and cost around £19 less per year to run than the lowest rated dishwashers that you can buy of the same size, and they use less water.**
We didn’t want to say Kettle! But..
Kettles are one of the most used appliances in the kitchen. A UK Government study found nearly three quarters of us admit that we at least occasionally boil the kettle with more water than we’re going to use.
Buying an ECO kettle that only boils the amount of water required can use 20% less energy than a conventional electric kettle, or just avoid overfilling and save yourself around £13 a year on your electricity bill.
How to dispose of old appliances in Guernsey
For domestic appliances (e.g. cookers, fridges, freezers, televisions, tumble driers, washing machines) you can take everyday household items for reuse, recycling or disposal. Most items are accepted free of charge. However, you will have to pay to dispose of materials that are not recyclable or reusable.
Bulk Refuse is a scheme that enables householders to have large household items such as sofas and fridges collected for recycling or disposal (up to 5 items for £15).
If it’s not broken, consider donating
There are many online forums, Facebook groups and local charities who are always on the look out for working white goods and appliances. If your appliance isn’t broken, but you’re considering buying a new one, think about passing it on who might need it.