Many items that we take for granted in the home have undergone major design changes in recent years. Our understanding of those changes has sometimes failed to keep pace. Take the humble fridge freezer, for example. How should you go about examining the features of the various models that are available?
To begin with, you need to understand the various features that are advertised by salespeople in high street stores or described online. In the UK all fridge freezers are given an energy rating for starters but what do these ratings really mean?
Fridge freezers will probably be one of the largest users of energy in your home – possibly second only to your central heating. This may come as a surprise!
The reason why fridge freezers use so much energy is because they are switched on all the time – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Having an energy-inefficient fridge freezer not only costs you money but also has an environmental impact.
Until the last 5 years or so many popular brands were extremely inefficient. The new energy ratings, however, aim to show the consumer how various machines compare. They also help to name and shame brands that do not take the environment seriously.
The ratings scheme grades every fridge freezer on the market, with an A++ rating being the most energy-efficient rating available. The ratings scheme then moves down to A+, A, B, and C (with C being the least environmentally friendly).
So, put simply, aim for an A++ or an A+ energy rating if you want to be kind to the environment, while also saving some money on your electricity bills.