Appliances for green kitchens
Efficiency ratings are important but there are other things to consider when buying ‘green’ kitchen appliances.
Our kitchens house some of the most used appliances in the home – think refrigerator, dishwasher, and cooking equipment – so it’s worth giving thought to how to minimise their impact without detracting from their purpose.
Efficiency ratings are important but there are other things to consider when seeking green kitchen appliances. Here, some sustainability experts discuss some key items to think about when purchasing appliances.
Fit for purpose and appropriately sized
Think about what size appliance you need to suit your requirements and lifestyle. “You may not need a large dishwasher if you are a retired couple in a small home (and you’re not keen on cooking or entertaining). A smaller dishwasher may be more efficient (and useable) in this situation,” says Danielle King. “Don’t forget to check for ‘eco’ cycles that enable short wash programs,” she adds. ATA technical editor Lance Turner also recommends reading product reviews before you buy, such as at www.productreview.com.au
“When using an oven, the first 10 minutes or so of heating up a well-insulated oven will use as much energy as the oven will use over the next hour, so cooking a few things at once is a good energy saver.” – Alan Pears
Opt for the most efficient model you can
Read the Energy Ratings label on the appliance or look it up on the federal government’s Energy Rating website. Give some thought to how often the appliance is on. If it’s a refrigerator it’s always on so you’ll want the most energy efficient model you can afford. Refrigerators can cost anywhere from $80 a year to over $900 a year to run, so choose carefully.
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