You know the situation, everything is going well and then suddenly the washing machine stops working. At first you think: shall I have it fixed? But soon you come to the conclusion that it might be better to buy a new one after all. Sometimes it seems more economical to last a long time with appliances, but this is by no means always the best solution. Nowadays, many appliances come with an energy label, which tells you exactly how much your new washing machine will use. We all know, measuring is knowing! But which appliances use the most energy?
Most dishwashers consume between 151 kWh and 273 kWh per year. To find out what your dishwasher consumes, you can use a smart plug. This measures exactly what the consumption of the dishwasher is. A dishwasher with energy label F costs as much as $880 more over a 15-year period than a dishwasher with energy label A! In addition, new dishwashers often have an 'eco' program. This uses a lower temperature than the other programs and therefore also saves energy!
In addition to the dishwasher, the refrigerator is also a fine addition to our modern kitchen. Most refrigerators have an average consumption between 50 and 400 kWh per year. The difference between them depends on the energy class, size and model of the refrigerator. Do you know what your refrigerator consumes? If you don't know, a smart plug can help.
It measures what your fridge uses and you can easily see this in the app. Replacing an old refrigerator with a new one can save a lot of money. Sometimes this can amount to hundreds of dollars per year!
Why your refrigerator may consume too much energy can have several reasons including: poor insulation of the refrigerator which means the refrigerator has to work harder to keep the inside cooled. This results in higher energy consumption. A broken heat pump, bad rubbers and coolant can also contribute to your refrigerator's increased energy consumption. By measuring consumption, you can quickly find out if your refrigerator has kept up with the times, or is in need of replacement after all!
And suppose your washing machine actually broke down. What would you do then? The introduction already gives two options: have it repaired or buy a new one. For both cases it is useful to know what your washing machine consumes. Also in this case a smart Outlet can answer this. Perhaps your washing machine is fairly new and has an "eco" mode. It can run a short program, which can save a lot of energy. But for the same you might find out via the smart outlet's app that your washing machine actually costs too much money! Then buying a new washing machine is probably the most sustainable solution for you.
Still handy, such an app where you can measure the consumption of appliances connected with a smart outlet. That way you always have insight into your consumption. Also, with a smart outlet you can remotely turn on and off the devices connected to it. There is even a feature in the smart plug's app where you can create a schedule for turning appliances on and off. For example, you can set devices to turn on and off automatically.
Did you know that you can even save energy by installing smart lightings in your home? Apart from the fact that LED bulbs have a longer lifespan, they also consume less power than a normal incandescent or halogen bulb. With a smart lights, you can use the app to see how much power it consumes. You can also control the light remotely. For example, one option is to turn on the lights before you even get home, so you don't arrive at a dark house! Furthermore, you can also adjust the color and strength of the smart lights via the app.
Now if your lamp socket is not suitable for the socket of a smart LED lamp, perhaps a smart outlet is a good solution for you. By connecting your lamp to a smart plug, you can easily see how much your lamp consumes.