We are in the process of completely re-vamping the kitchen and this is not only involving the usual stuff like replacing units, worktops and tiles etc. But we are also replacing the white consumer goods, the fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. Obviously I’m very keen on getting A rated or even A+ rated ones. But whilst browsing in the high street electrical retailers like Currys and Comet, I noticed that it is very expensive to move up a class and especially from B to A. Also take a freezer for example, it stated on the energy performance certificate that it used 250 KWH per year on average for the B and 176 KWH per year for the A rated on. So 74 KWH and between models (from the same manufacturer) it cost nearly £100. Whilst the main aim isn’t a financial saving for me, it as for everyone, it would go a long way. So assuming a KWH costs around £0.10 (slightly high), then you’d be saving £7.40 per year on the running cost and the payback would be over 10 years. Not a great business case is it. As I said earlier, the financial side of the purchase isn’t my main consideration, but I do like to try and get value for money. What got me thinking about this blog post really is, if the saving actually paid for the extra cost in a reasonable amount of time, lets say 3 years, then I’m sure more people would be interested in moving up a class in the ratings. Surely, white goods are an easier target for energy savings in the home, because we mostly change them more frequently than major energy saving improvements like new boilers, solar panels and similar. Of course these major changes have been and still maybe grant funded, but it will be interesting to see if the recently annouced new government green bank idea will include white goods.