Hidden costs in our homes

Hidden costs in our homes
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Could you do without your washing machine? If you remember wash day before them, you’ll know how much time and effort they save.

But a new survey by Hotpoint reveals that many of us still shy away from gadgets. For example, 16 million of us still wash our pots by hand, despite the availability of dishwashers.  And many of our major working appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines are past their sell-by date, which could be costing us money.

Gadget aficionado Suzi Perry (44) recommends checking the efficiency of anything 10 years or older in your home (click on the link below for Hotpoint’s ‘Home IQ’ calculator). Older white goods waste energy in comparison to new machines, which use less water and electricity. “There’s no need for long cycles now,” says Suzi. “Technology has caught up. Today’s dishwashers are proven to be more hygienic – and cost effective – than doing plates in the sink.”

And she’s confident we won’t be ripped off. Suzi says, “Prices haven’t changed much in the last 20 years. With more companies competing in the market, consumers can get a lot more for their money.” Parts for older appliances are also tricky to get hold of, and it costs to inspect gadgets out of warranty. So life would certainly be less troublesome with a new fridge on the block.

“It’s amazing what new technology can do,” says Suzi. “From anti-stain washing programmes, to individually-regulated chilling compartments, daily living can be easier, and cheaper.”

What’s the oldest gadget in your home? Suzi has a breadmaker gathering dust at the back of her cupboard! We’d love to hear about your retro kitchen appliances. Comment below, or visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Yoursmagazine and join the chat...

For more information on how you can make a Change for the Better by improving your Home IQ, visit www.Hotpoint.co.uk/HomeIQ