How going green can benefit the environment as well as your bank balance.

In a time when the idea of going green seems to be everywhere it is hard to ignore the constant pressures to live a more economically and environmentally friendly lifestyle. “Going green” is the concept in which we steer away from old and wasteful habits and look towards new renewable, sustainable and eco-friendly processes, products and energy.

In this article we will take a look at how repairing your own appliances can not only help save you money but also help you save the planet and be more eco-friendly. We will also take a look at the latest in “Green Appliances” and explore new features that will save you money and help save energy and reduce waste.

When we throw an appliance away the likelihood is that it will end up in landfill, but what happens when all the landfills are full, what will we do with our rubbish then?  In order to stop this from happening or at least slow down the process me must reduce waste or look towards more recyclable products.

One thing we can do to help reduce waste is stop and think before we throw out our broken appliances, ask yourself “can this be fixed?” obviously you don’t want to spend a fortune on getting an engineer in to fix the appliance when it may not cost much more to buy a brand new appliance. But if it is possible to fix the appliance yourself, with specified parts bought online and delivered to your door for a fraction of the price of a new appliance, then you are not only doing your part to help save the planet by reducing the waste that goes into landfill but you’re also saving yourself a load of hard earned cash which you can then  spend on something more productive like that new pair of shoes you've been after or that new treadmill you’ll use a couple of times before it becomes a rather expensive clothes rack.

Now to take a look at the latest in eco-friendly appliances that are available on the market today. Buying the best in eco-friendly appliances may come at a high price but will save you a lot of money in the long term and will help reduce waste and be better for the planet and the environment. For example you may hunt around for the cheapest washing machine you can find and think you've bagged yourself a bargain and saved a lot of money but to produce products for such a low cost, corners must be cut. This can result in machines not being as efficient as they could be therefore creating a lot of waste and using more energy than is necessary. Therefore the cheap washing machine that you bought will have high running costs a due to a waste in water and energy and be costing you a great deal more in the long term.

Washing Machines

One of the leading washing machines when it comes to energy efficiency is the WMB81445L from Beko. It uses half the energy of an A-rated machine at 60 degrees and has an impressive range of programs, including the 14-minute fast wash.It also automatically reduces the water level for half or small loads, saving you money on utility bills. Beko’s specially developed Aquafusion Technology also reduces the amount of wasted detergent and significantly enhances washing performance. The washing machine is also designed to give great results at lower temperatures such as 30 degrees.

Fridge Freezers

One of the markets leading eco-friendly fridge freezers, with an A+++ energy efficiency rating, is LG's GBB530NSCFE. Thanks to LG’s Inverter Linear Compressor, this refrigeration product has been rated as A+++, ensuring efficiency by its design comprising of less components than conventional compressors, therefore making less noise and having less friction points. Even cooling is achieved through LG's Multi Air Flow System, whereby cool air is circulated through multiple vents, ensuring efficient cooling at an even temperature throughout. Due to these features making the appliance as efficient as possible it has a running cost of only £25.23 per year with CO2 emissions of just 73.95kg per year. 

Tumble Dryers

The Gorenje D9866E seems to be head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to energy efficiency and its stats make for some interesting reading. With a running cost on average of £23.10 a year based on 23.41p per cycle and CO2 emissions of just 67.69kg per year. It has an efficiency rating of A+++ down to features such as a lower drying temperature and sensor drying. 


Leading the way in the eco-friendly cookers market is a offering by SMEG called the SUK61MX8. It has an energy rating of A and can reduce energy consumption by a further 20% from the standard A Energy rating. It has a yearly running cost of just £17.66 and emits 51.76kg of CO2 a year. Features such as double glazed doors, enamel interior and seven different oven features help keep this oven as economically efficient as possible.


Finally, a look at one of the more energy efficient dishwashers available on the market. The Siemens SN26T297GB. Running costs average out at around £34.75 per year with a mere £3.26 per year going towards water costs. CO2 emissions are around 92.31kg per year giving is an energy efficiency rating of A+++. Features include energy efficient Zeolith drying, hydroSensor and loadSensor analyse your load to give most efficient wash, speedMatic hydraulic system for efficient washing and dosageAssist dispenses the perfect amount of detergent so less wasted detergent. 

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