3 reasons to upgrade your appliances

3rd February 2016

 

Image credit: iStock

Image credit: iStock

Electrical appliances are perfect for providing a bit of entertainment and helping to make everyday tasks, like cooking, easier. We all have our trusted appliances that we know we can get the best results from, but you should you really hang onto old electronics?

While many of the appliances made in recent years will have been manufactured to high levels of quality, with energy saving being an important factor in many cases, older items might not stand up to current standards.

There are a number of issues with continuing to use older appliances, especially if you have had them for over five years. Here are five reasons it could be a good idea to upgrade:

Energy efficiency

Newer electronic appliances – from kettles to washing machines – tend to be made to higher levels of energy efficiency. This is because of changing regulations on energy efficiency, as well as updated technology.

Since July 2012, certain kitchen appliances – including new fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers – need a minimum grade of A+ when it comes to energy efficiency. Appliances manufactured before this date do not follow this rule, meaning they could be much less efficient.

All new appliances also come with energy labels, which shows you how efficient they are. Choosing the right appliance can be much easier because of this, meaning you can save a lot of money.

Fire risk

Not only do ageing appliances often leak electricity, they can also become fire hazards. If you’ve got an appliance that you’ve had for years, even if it is rarely used, it is at a higher risk of malfunctioning, which can result in fire.

Wires break, plugs get damaged and other mechanical problems can develop over time, all of which could mean that your appliance is at risk. These issues can also arise with new appliances if they aren’t cared for carefully, which is why it is important to check them faults regularly.

If you know that you’ve had appliance for too long, don’t risk plugging it in to see if it still works. Instead, recycle it and pick yourself up a new one that is going to be much safer, more energy efficient and generally better.

Lower quality

As appliances get older, certain parts of them can become worn or stop working. Frequently used parts – such as the on button for your TV – experience a lot of wear and tear, which can mean they stop working, even if the appliance still works overall.

You might think that something small like this isn’t enough reason to invest in new electronics, but these little issues can actually cost you money. If the button for your TV breaks but the set still works, you’re likely to be tempted to leave it on standby for ease. However, this can increase your energy bill and isn’t a long-term solution.

If you can’t get the issue fixed, you should buy a new item to replace it, as you’ll save a lot of money over time.

Of course, even new appliances shouldn’t be left on unnecessarily. While some may need to be constantly switched on – such as your fridge – other items don’t. Turning electrical appliances off at the wall can help reduce your energy use and lower your bills.

You can use our MI|Home System to control which sockets receive power when. This means that if you aren’t in the house or are heading to bed, you can use your computer or smartphone to turn off everything you don’t need, saving you the time and hassle of having to go around your home and check everything.

This used in conjunction with new appliances, will help you to drastically reduce the amount you spend on energy each year.

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