Is your business using the most efficient appliances?

Is your business using the most efficient appliances?

Is your business using the most efficient appliances?

As businesses continue along their journey towards greater energy efficiency, one topic worth looking into is whether the organisation is using the most eco-friendly products and appliances available on the market.

There are many resources on offer to help your company ensure it is making the right choices in this area, one of which is Topten UK. Led by the Energy Saving Trust since 2015, this initiative was launched to provide clarity for buyers looking for the leading products in terms of environmental considerations and running costs.

Explaining how the ratings work, project manager Stewart Muir said the survey looks at comprehensive market reports and uses them to establish criteria for defining a top ten product.

"We also try to take into account a range of models and costs - it's very important that Topten is a resource that covers different preferences and budgets, but always points consumers towards an efficient product," he added.

"The lists have to be updated at least every six months, but we tend to look at the trends here - different product types generally get refreshed at specific times of the year, so we try to work around that."

The latest findings

For many businesses, one of the first places to look when working towards greater energy efficiency is the office kitchen.

As well as making sure you are using a cleaning company with solid green credentials to keep the area presentable and hygienic, it's worth finding out which kitchen appliances are the most eco-friendly.

In the latest Topten UK rankings, the Miele G 6895 was found to have the lowest annual energy usage and running costs of the top ten built-in dishwashers. There were three Miele products in the overall ranking, with machines made by Smeg, Siemens, Bosch, Hotpoint and Whirlpool taking the other seven places. The same brands, along with Beko and LG, featured in the list of the top ten freestanding dishwashers.

In the fridge-freezer category, a Bosch Exxcel product took top place based partly on its energy usage and running costs, followed by appliances from Electrolux, Gorenje, Samsung, Miele, LG and Hotpoint.

As far as lighting is concerned, the report noted that an increasing number of LED bulbs capable of replacing 100W incandescent bulbs are becoming available. These are likely to cost between £10 and £15 but cost less than £2 a year to run, compared to a D-rated 100W halogen bulb, which would be cheaper to buy but would have annual running costs of around £11. The Energy Saving Trust said upgrading lighting from incandescent or halogen bulbs to a good LED alternative is a "no-brainer".

The research also highlighted the rising energy efficiency of televisions, which is good news for businesses that have TVs in break areas or in reception.

Summing up some of the long-term trends in appliance efficiency, Mr Muir referred to a recent JRC report which showed that the average fridge-freezer and washing machine sold in 2014 used 25 per cent less energy than a decade ago. He described this as a "pretty massive improvement".


Posted by Julie Tucker

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