UK householders are today being urged to embrace a little knowledge to make simple changes to the way they use their home appliances to save money and benefit the environment. The advice from the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) comes amid the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, and with a typical dual-fuel household bill set to be just under £2,000 for the next three months.
AMDEA’s award-winning Know Watt’s What campaign explains how people are short-changing themselves by sticking to old domestic routines. By adopting small changes in their habits, however, householders can save money while also fulfilling their aspiration to contribute to Net Zero and reduce their carbon footprint.
AMDEA’s Know Watt’s What website advocates four routes to save money:
* Use to save – use installed tech, such as eco-mode on washing appliances or smaller cooking appliances such as microwaves to cook smaller quantities.
* Maintain to save – look after machines to prolong efficient performance and lifespan.
* Repair to save – consider repairs before replacement.
* Replace to save – replace wisely by buying appliances that are the highest affordable on the rating scale and consider replacing fridges and freezers over 15 years old.
AMDEA CEO Paul Hide added: “Many people don’t really treat their appliances as they might. Once fitted, the appliances are often forgotten about, regarded as self-supporting. But they are machines that benefit from small acts of care. So, by thinking about how appliances are used and giving them a little attention, households can save themselves money by using less energy and extending the lifespan of valuable assets. Why not stick a note on a washing machine to always use eco-mode or have a quarterly descale schedule? These are not grand life changes: a minimal effort can save a lot – and help the environment.”