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Installing Sustainability

Paul Hide
CEO, AMDEA

As we head into the darker and colder winter months, we all face the unwelcome prospect of rising household energy bills.

Average household energy bills were less than £800 per annum in 2021 against circa £2,000 now. Saving energy is key to saving money but is also vital in reducing our carbon footprint. Appliance installation professionals can help consumers to understand the benefits of taking a few simple actions in using and maintaining their appliances to maximise energy efficiency and lifespan through AMDEA’s latest Know Watt’s What campaign.

A new YouGov survey underlined that people are keen to save energy to help reduce their carbon footprint, with more than two thirds (68%) saying they would do this. However, the survey found that two fifths (40%) had made no changes to the way they used their appliances since September last year. Even though adopting ways to save money and energy in the use of home appliances was found to be successful, according to 57% who did make changes.

Only 53% of respondents who made changes over the past year had used the eco-setting on their washing machine, and 32% on their dishwasher. As regards a little TLC to keep their appliances ticking over efficiently, an amazing 24% of UK adults said they never ran a service wash on their washing machine, 18% never cleaned its filter, 20% never descaled their appliances that come into contact with water and 17% never defrosted the fridge and cleaned the door seals.

It is with this in mind that AMDEA launched phase three of our Know Watt’s What campaign last month. We’re reminding all householders how simple changes can save money, benefit the environment and extend the life of appliances through simple care and maintenance tips. We’ve prepared asset packs to encourage everyone to spread the message on efficient appliance use.

AMDEA’s Know Watt’s What website gives four routes to save:

  • Use to save – Use eco-mode on washing appliances or use smaller cooking appliances such as microwaves to cook smaller quantities
  • Maintain to save – look after machines to prolong efficient performance and lifespan
  • Repair to save – consider repairs before replacement
  • Replace to save – replace wisely by buying appliances that are the highest affordable on the rating scale and consider replacing fridges and freezers over 15 years old

Let’s work together to deliver a more sustainable appliance future.

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