It isn't always simple to know how to choose the right appliance for your needs. Our appliance buying guide aims to help you make the right decision to help conserve electricity and reap the maximum rewards in terms of savings.
1. Look for the Energy Efficiency Label. Energy Star models are the most energy efficient in any product category, exceeding the energy efficiency minimums set by the Emirates Authority for Standards & Metrology (ESMA). If you remember only one rule when you shop, remember to look for the Energy Star label and the Emirates Quality Mark.
For more information on the Emirates Quality Mark visit the ESMA website at www.esma.gov.ae
2. Use the Energy Guide label. Some uninformed salespeople might tell you that the model you're looking at is the most efficient because it has an Energy Guide label. This isn't exactly true. All new appliances must carry the Energy Guide label, either on the appliance itself or on the packaging. The label allows you to compare the typical annual energy consumption and operating cost of different models of any type of appliance you're thinking of buying.
For more information on the Energy Guide label, please visit the ESMA website at www.esma.gov.ae
3. Get the right size. Make sure the product you're buying suits your needs. Oversized air conditioners, water heaters and refrigerators may satisfy design and aesthetic sensibilities, but if they aren't going to be used optimally, they will waste energy and money; in many cases, they also may not perform as well.
4. Think long-term. Many of the most energy-efficient appliances cost more initially, but they'll save you money in the long run. Expect to keep most major appliances for no more than 10 to 20 years. A more efficient appliance soon pays for itself; lower monthly utility bills over the lifetime of the appliance will more than offset a higher purchase price. In addition, the latest resource-efficient clothes washers and dishwashers not only save electricity; they also use a lot less water and can reduce your water bill significantly.