How can we turn our necks out of preconceived ideas about household appliances?

Common ideas have a tough tooth! And when it comes to appliances, maybe it’s even truer … who hasn’t added a little laundry thinking the laundry would come out cleaner? Or opt for a short program that saves water and electricity in the dishwasher!

These mistakes, which we all make, are ultimately normal because running a 3:15 ‘eco’ program on the dishwasher is not intuitive! We mistakenly believe that choosing short programs is cheaper! How do you untangle received ideas from real savings?

ADEME (French Agency for Environment and Energy Management) publishes a free guide on how to save energy in your home appliances. You can find the full guide here!

Is it really cheaper to buy used equipment?

So no, not necessarily! It all depends on the device used … If the refrigerator bought at a low price is 10 years old, it will cost a lot more to carry than a new refrigerator with optimized consumption! And that applies to all used devices …

Of course, it is possible to buy a dishwasher for around fifty euros, but if it uses three times more electricity or water, the benefit is zero. It can even cost you more than a new one! First, check that you haven’t had a very minor glitch or that you don’t need a good cleaning.

Is it really cheaper to buy used equipment? Photo credit: Shutterstock / Iakov Filimonov

Is the “Eco” program more economical for the washing machine or dishwasher?

Yes, definitely yes! Admittedly, they are often longer (3:15 in our dishwasher around 1:30 for a normal program). The devices then use 40% less electricity than with a fast program. And for the simple reason that the water temperature rises less quickly! Eco programs are real savings niches, do not hesitate to use them, even if it seems to contradict the original idea!

Newer televisions use less energy than old ones?

The answer to this question is not fixed! Let us assume that the larger a television, the more energy it consumes … For the life of a television, count around 50 €, for 100 cm it is 120 €! It is therefore safest to refer to the energy label to determine the consumption of your screen. One thing is certain, however: don’t leave your TV on standby as you are sure to save money, whether on your bill or on the life of your screen!

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