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Three ways to identify a truly environmentally friendly appliance

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The Ultrasilencer is not just energy effective, it’s one of the quietest vacuums on the market, operating at just 68dB of noise.The Brio’s Aerated Penta Jet technology ensures proper air and fuel mixture to achieve an energy efficient flame, while its burner design ensures the heat is directed towards the cooking utensil.

Whenever possible, many of us would prefer to purchase a sustainable and environmentally friendly appliance. A survey of shopping habits in the Asia Pacific found that consumers here are willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products that observe free trade practices.

But is an appliance truly environmentally friendly, even if it comes with the right energy labels and ratings? Here are some ways to discern if a product is as sustainable as it says on the box.

Performance vs Energy used

Energy labels come from a variety of agencies with varying criteria and testing conditions. An appliance that claims to use less energy may carry a label stating as such, but it may not perform as well, requiring longer operating times that use more energy over the long run, or simply being unable to do the job well.

Vacuums, for example, are commonly marketed by their suction power and high wattage, but a poor nozzle design that is too high off the ground or a poorly sealed airflow system can mean that its motor has to work harder to perform as well as comparable models. A high wattage is also not an indicator of suction power or cleaning performance, it simply shows how much energy the vacuum uses to operate.

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The Ultrasilencer is not just energy effective, it’s one of the quietest vacuums on the market, operating at just 68dB of noise

Electrolux’s Ultra series of vacuums are an example of efficient devices that are made to optimise cleaning and airflow from nozzle to outlet. The Aeropro nozzle and tube system maximize dust pick-up while the Ultra vacuums’ sealed system ensures that the dirt stays within the canister, filtering and cleaning the  exhaust air by more than  99.99% before releasing it back into the environment.

Excessive heat

An appliance that gives off excessive heat may be suffering from poor maintenance or malfunctioning parts. For example, a refrigerator whose coils are coated in dust and dirt may give off excessive heat due to the layer of filth acting as insulation and retaining heat in the coils. An appliance that is running much hotter than usual may also have an inefficient motor, or one that is working harder to overcome unusual resistance, such as an overloaded washing machine.

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The Brio’s Aerated Penta Jet technology ensures proper air and fuel mixture to achieve an energy efficient flame, while its burner design ensures the heat is directed towards the cooking utensil.

Even cooking hobs with poorly designed burners use more energy to cook food, as heat from the flames dissipates into the environment rather than into the wok or pan. Hobs like the Electrolux Brio have Aerated Penta Jets that enhances energy efficiency via proper fuel mixture, while its burner directs the flames at a 30-degree angle to ensure that the heat reaches the pot, pan or wok. This results in faster heat-up and reduces boiling times by up to a third, saving on gas consumption.

Excessive noise

An appliance that is noisy or is noisier than usual may be less efficient than what is stated on the box.  Noisy appliances tend to be inefficient as moving parts create noise due to being loose, rusty or simply poorly designed. The energy that should be powering appliances is converted into sound, and the motors work harder to deliver performance.

This is why the Ultrasilencer Green vacuum, one of the quietest models on the market at 68dB, is also one of the most energy efficient, with dust pick-up equivalent to a comparable 2000W vacuum while using just 1250W, or about 33% less energy.

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