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Do you choose devices which are energy efficient?

We’ve already talked about the digital carbon footprint and the dangers of massive amounts of electro-waste. There was one piece of advice – don’t buy new ones, but use them as long as you can.

But what if we already have to buy something? Because the refrigerator door jams, the freezer refuses to freeze, and the washing machine won’t spin? Opt for energy efficiency. But where to look for appliances that are as energy efficient as possible?

The EU is in our favour

You don’t have to calculate the capacity of your washing machine yourself, or know about renewable energy engineering. Thanks to the Energy Labelling Directive, you get all the information you need on a silver platter.

In this way, the European Union pursues one of its objectives regarding climate and energy policy – reduction of energy consumption by 32.5% by 2030. 

The labels have to be placed, among others, on: refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, water heaters, light sources, air conditioning equipment and even car tires.

What is on the label?

Reading the labels is simple and intuitive. The more it is labeled with a letter closer to the beginning of the alphabet – the better, while in terms of color – the darker the green, the lower energy consumption is.

Each device group has its own range of evaluated parameters, so they should not be compared to each other. For example: energy ratings may be converted to different cycles. In addition, there is other information on the labels, specific to the group, such as operating noise, capacity or water consumption.

Sometimes, in the search for suitable equipment, specific price comparison sites or auction portals can help us. Also on the websites of stores with electronics and home appliances you can filter search results using the criterion of energy class.

Be conscious

First of all, while choosing a new equipment we should take under consideration our real needs. Do we really need a two-door fridge with a freezer if we live alone? Maybe it would be worth resigning from the clothes dryer in favour of hanging laundry on a clothesline?

Apart from that, it is important to use appliances with common sense. Don’t put hot food in the fridge, turn off the lamps (even LED ones) and switch off your monitors during breaks from work.

Any change is good. Even the smallest one.