Power guzzlers out of the kitchen!

Power guzzlers out of the kitchen!

Who deals with the " ABC "knows the energy efficiency label in kitchen appliances, not only pays attention to the purchase price, but saves on long-term.

No matter what color the electricity has: The energy consumption of the" white goods "is visible. And not only at the electricity meter. Every European manufacturer of large electrical appliances must have the consumer label clearly visible on their devices. And the differences between the frugal and the power guzzlers are immense.

The fridge is up and running. And some drink

refrigerators and freezers run around the clock. Here, a particularly critical look at the energy label is worthwhile. There are differences in fuel consumption of around 70% between comparable Class A and A +++ models. An approximately 10-year-old class B device consumes around 360 kWh a year, a similar class A +++ only about 130 kWh. At an electricity price of 29 cents per kWh that means around 38 instead of 66 euros. As the modern power saver pays for itself quickly. Incidentally, it is advisable to pay attention to the volume of the cabinet when buying: rather small and full as large and empty. Every chilled food acts like a cold pack and gives off cold, which saves energy. Good news: Since 2015, all appliances that are new to retailing must at least have energy efficiency class A +.

From A to A +++: every plus pays off

You can also save money on washing machines. A Class A device spends around 30% more electricity and water than one class A +++. For stove and oven, the selection of the most economical is already more difficult. Currently the EU labels are only valid for gas, steam and electric ovens. Not for steamers and stovetops. However, those who decide on a stove for a modern induction hob usually have a much lower power consumption than conventional hotplates. After all, in the case of the three oven types mentioned above, seven-stage labels were introduced in 2015. Since then, A +++ stands for the highest energy efficiency and D for the lowest.

On the back burner - from the oven to the hood

Since the beginning of 2015, electric cooker hoods must also be labeled. Currently, the energy efficiency classes range from A to G. Every two years a better class is added, until at some point A +++ is regarded as a top value. Incidentally, the label also assesses the lighting and grease filter efficiency as well as the energy consumption of the exhaust air extraction with the annual consumption. For dishwashers, the efficiency classes range from A +++ to D. But not only electricity consumption counts here. Manufacturers must also specify capacity, water consumption, noise level and drying effect. Who wants to put in wet dishes?

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