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Are your appliances efficient?

Are your appliances efficient?

15/09/16   |   Useful Information

Appliances are said to be more efficient today than ever. Well not according to a survey. It was found that around one out of five home appliances are using more energy that what they are advertised to do. The study found that appliances such as tumble driers, vacuum cleaners, and other appliances are not as efficient as the makers would have us believe.

Along with using more electricity, it leads to us wondering if the product has to work harder than perhaps needed. If so the lifespan may be lowered. In this case extended warranty insurance may prove to be more valuable than ever.

Study suggests appliances not as efficient as made out to be

The Market Watch survey into home appliances ran over three years. During this time they found that around one among five of household products tested use more electricity than what was advertised. This includes items that are used on a daily basis such as fridges, microwaves and dishwashers.

Even appliances that were supposedly “turned off” were said to be found to be using power. In this case a tumble drier from one of the leading manufactures, Hotpoint. A fridge freezer from AEG was also found to use around 12% more electricity that what was advertised.

Vacuum cleaners are also a culprit when it comes to using more electricity. In one case a cleaner used 54% more electric than what the manufacturer had claimed.

Out of the 100 products that were tested, 18 of them were found not to comply with the eco-design design laws of the EU.

In the tests it was found that a TV had been sold with the power down feature on it deactivated. An LED bulb was sold and found to be 20% less bright than what had been advertised.

The survey also revealed that a tumble dryer was stopped from entering into power down mode as a light remained lit on the dashboard. A dishwasher was also reported as failing to wash correctly when put on eco mode. It required two separate runs before cleaning adequately.  

Electric bills boosted by £8 billion

It appears that one in 10 appliances found in homes around the UK may use more energy that what the manufacturer claims. What this may mean of course is that home owner’s electricity bills are being boosted up.

Studies into efficiency suggest that the electricity bills of consumers may be boosted up by as much as £8 billion.

As you might expect some of the companies found to offer appliances that are not as efficient as claimed refused to comment. Twelve companies did however engage in regards to the issues that had been raised. Some companies have now gone ahead and offered consumers automatic software updates that may be downloaded. However, there is the worry that the updates may only add on to the amount of energy used, theoretically, at least.

This is due to the fact that when appliances are updated whilst in the home, they may use even more electricity after being updated than they did when first tested.

Along with boosting the amount of electric used by the appliances there is concern that appliances are being made to work harder. If a dishwasher has to be run twice to clean dishes correctly the lifespan of the product may be shortened. With this in mind extended warranty insurance from a specialist insurance provider may prove to be worthwhile. Any appliance can break down and more often than not it happens just when the manufacturer’s warranty runs out. 

 

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