Energy efficient whiteware is a must if lowering power demand is a priority for your home or business. These quality appliances are long life units and cost considerably less to run than an equivalent “standard” appliance. The extra money you spend on reducing your electrical demand will be saved - often four to five times - in the reduced size and cost of a standalone power system if you are generating your own power. If your house or business is connected to the national grid, the investment in a long life appliance with low running costs also gives good payback. Consider the following:
Fridges and Freezers: Low energy, high quality fridges and freezers are not found in your typical whiteware store. Contact Smart Energy for Gram upright fridges and freezers, Elcold domestic chest freezers and commercial freezers and coolers, and Steca DC chest freezer/fridge packages complete with solar PV module, battery and solar controller.
Washing Machines and Dishwashers: Shopping around and asking the right questions should find energy and water efficient washing machines and dishwashers - the Consumer website makes informative comparisons. If you have, or are considering, solar hot water chose a washing machine and dishwasher that plumb to domestic hot water rather than heating its own via an electric element. This way these appliances have the ability to utilise free hot water from the sun, resulting in further savings.
Clothers Dryers: These appliances use a lot of power - vent to the outside and use as little as possible!