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How energy efficient are your appliances (photo: Adobe)
How energy efficient are your appliances (photo: Adobe)

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Angela Terry, green activist and consumer expert, separates climate change fact from fiction and explains here how you can take simple, practical steps to help save the planet. Follow @ouronehome and visit for more advice.

Q: Which kitchen appliances should I choose?

A: Your kitchen appliances use a lot of energy and water, so it’s a good idea to consider the environment when buying them.

How energy efficient are your appliances? (photo: Adobe)

As always, only buy a new device when the old one needs to be replaced.

There is nothing ecological about abandoning perfectly viable machines.

That being said, if your current fridge is over ten years old, you might want to swap it out for a new one to save on both energy and bills.

The new refrigerators are significantly more efficient.

Here are my tips for choosing a new device…

Check the energy rating

The most important thing is to check the energy rating of an appliance.

The measurement system was updated last year.

Dating back to 2011, the old system included the confusing grades A+, A++ and A+++. It had become obsolete as energy efficiency technology evolved.

With ratings from A to G, the new system is more realistic and designed to make it easier to choose the most environmentally friendly product.

A is the most efficient and G the least.

It is not uncommon for machines previously rated A+++ to now be rated B or even C.

The new energy label also contains information on water consumption, noise levels and storage capacity.

A QR code present on each energy label allows you to find out more about the specific classification of a machine.

Seek Independent Verification

Which? have created an Eco Buy badge worth checking out.

It’s only granted to devices that have been independently tested to have a lower carbon footprint while doing their job well in a good amount of time.

Another online source of useful information is the electrical energy efficiency website Sust-it, which rates all kinds of appliances based on their energy efficiency.

Choose the right size appliance

Overall, washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, kettles and cookers have become more energy efficient over the years.

But, at the same time, the average drum of the refrigerator, fridge-freezer and family washing machine has increased in size.

For example, American style double door fridge freezers with ice dispensers are now much more common in the UK.

Unfortunately, this trend cancels out some advances in energy savings. The key is to be realistic about what you actually need. Sometimes small is beautiful.

Finally, some appliances, such as clothes dryers, consume a lot of energy, are expensive to operate and are not necessary.

You can save a fortune – and reduce your carbon footprint – by going back to drying clothes outdoors.

The perfect combination of solar and wind power!

celebrity location

Death in Paradise star Ralf Little has made it clear on his social media pages that he is concerned about the climate – even though he is stuck on his frequent flights to the Caribbean for his role in the BBC sitcom.

Ralf Little is concerned about the climate (photo: Getty Images)

On the Through the Decades podcast, he said, “I carbon offset every flight I take.

It would be better not to steal but I still live in the society in which we are all trapped in this system. He also expressed a desire to build his own sustainable home.

green exchange

Replace bouquets of cut flowers with houseplants.

Replace cut flowers with houseplants (photo: Adobe)

Most flower bouquets are full of flowers that have been extensively grown overseas using lots of water, as well as artificial fertilizers and pesticides. Potted plants last longer and purify the air.

How to make your barbecue greener

Cooking vegetables on an eco-responsible BBQ (photo: Adobe)

With summer approaching, it’s time to start eating outdoors.

There’s nothing we Brits love more than a good barbecue.

Here are some ideas to make it more eco-friendly.

In the UK we use over 110,000 tonnes of charcoal every year.

More than 90% is imported from abroad.

Unfortunately, much of it is linked to deforestation in countries like Namibia, Paraguay and Nigeria, where regulations are lacking and deforestation and pollution are commonplace.

The answer is to use UK charcoal, if you can.

The best is made from scrap wood left after forests and woodlands have been sustainably managed in a practice known as coppicing.

The National Coppice Federation has an online list of UK charcoal suppliers.

You can also order UK charcoal from the Love Logs website.

Ultimately, burning anything is bad for the climate – and that includes charcoal. So does that mean a gas grill is better?

According to research, yes.

Charcoal barbecues generate about three times more greenhouse gases than gas barbecues.

Of course, you’re still burning fossil fuel, so you might want to go the extra mile and invest in an electric barbecue.

Smokeless and safer than charcoal or gas, they’re also cheaper to run.

George Foreman makes one or Aldi offers a budget version.

Swap your sausages

To really reduce your barbecue’s carbon footprint, consider replacing some or even all of the meat with plant-based alternatives.

According to the United Nations, farm animals around the world create 14.5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

Beyond Meat and Meatless Farm offer great tasting meatless burgers and sausages.

Avoid disposables and waste

Try to avoid buying salads in plastic containers.

If you can, make salads from bulk vegetables bought from the supermarket or, better yet, from your local farmer’s market.

And if you don’t have enough plates, glasses or bowls in your cupboard, just ask your guests to bring their own rather than using paper plates or plastic cups.

Finally, you want to make sure there is enough food for everyone, but don’t overdo it.

It’s worth taking orders from customers in advance, so you can buy just what you need.

Also, remember to have some Tupperware on hand so people can take leftovers home.

fact or fiction

Recycling is the main thing for the environment. Fake!

The best things you can do: Tell people your concerns, cut down on your meat consumption, ditch gasoline or diesel cars, insulate your home, and make sure your bank and pension aren’t funding the oil industry and gas.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-21 07:02:56

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