This post is written by Appliances Online’s eco- expert Cerys John.

When it comes to energy saving in the home we all know to turn the lights off when we leave the room and not leave the TV on standby. But what else is there? What else can really make a difference to the amount of energy you use? There are now state of the art energy efficient appliances which cost a lot less money to run, and they’re affordable.

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Perhaps the most revolutionary is the Samsung Ecobubble (photo above). This washing machine’s technology is completely revolutionary — saving 70% of energy compared to a standard 40° wash. Bubbles are created helping to dissolve the detergent 40% quicker than in a normal washing machine. The detergent gets straight to the fibres of your clothes meaning the water temperature can be reduced while still giving your clothes a really impressive wash. It operates at on 15°, saving you a huge amount of energy every time you wash.

Appliances which have weighing technology are at the top end of efficiency as they don’t waste any excess energy. Laundry and dishwashing have become a lot simpler as the appliances work out the optimum duration and power level for what’s needed, but over the past year it has become much more advanced…

The Siemens I-dos for example automatically works out the amount of laundry you have, how dirty it is and what texture of clothes you have. It then adjusts the spinning speed, amount of water and detergent used, so there’s is no waste of electricity, water and detergent, clever eh?

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Bosch dishwashers also have crafty ways of saving water; they check how dirty your dishes are by measuring how dirty the pre rinse water is. If the water is only slightly dirty, it is reused in the main wash, saving around 4 litres of water per wash- 20% of the amount ordinarily used.

So you can see energy efficiency in your home has moved on quite a bit in the last 10 years. Manufacturers are continually trying to think of how to give your clothes and pots the best wash, while using the least amount of water, and they’ve done pretty well so far. If you want some more info on how much money energy efficient appliances can save you, have a look at our blog.