Buying New Appliances
Whenever buying new appliances always make sure they are ‘A’ rated or higher (fridges now go up to A**) and energy efficiency recommended. An ‘A’ rated fridge can save £35 a year or over £350 in its lifetime so it is well worth paying more for one.
Appliances which require cooling, such as fridges and computers (which have internal fans), are best placed in cool parts of the building if possible.
If you have difficulty in remembering to switch electrical devices off at the wall socket, invest in ‘powerdown’ devices or standby savers to switch off computers, TVs, and other appliances automatically when they are not needed.
Also see www.carbonfootprint.com/energyconsumption.html for useful information on appliance power consumption.