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Don’t say the ‘F’ word to Hotpoint when you get your electricity bill !

You expect to hear the ‘F’ word from 4x4 driving celebrity chefs, not when you walk into an electricals superstore, as all those energy guzzling E, F & G rated washing machines were phased out over ten years ago. Unfortunately, ‘F’ energy rated tumble dryers are still on the streets, and the budget £130 Hotpoint V3D01 could cost you a shocking £174 a year to run! As the Hotpoint brochure quotes an energy consumption rate of 3.73kWh per cycle!

By using sust-it’s energy consumption website that ranks electrical goods by their energy efficiency, you can spot those appliances that contribute to your inflated electricity bills and CO2 emissions. The sust-it site is constantly updated and contains a wide range of products from Tumble Dryers to TV’s. You can even switch between electrical tariffs so you can see what npowers price rises have in-store, and calculate your CO2 emissions at the same time.

Ross from sust-it said, “If you’re a consumer on a tight budget without access to drying space outside, and purchase this small tumble dryer, you’re going to be in for a big shock when the bills arrive! This dryer use three-and-a-half times more electricity according to Hotpoints brochure than an A rated machine. I don’t understand why Hotpoint is still selling a machine with such shocking energy consumption. They also seem content to bury the energy efficiency figures for this product on page 68 of a downloadable brochure on their website. Is it not time to ban the ‘F’ word in tumble dryers? I hope the sust-it website helps highlight these inefficient products as well as highlighting the real energy saving stars.”

So which tumble dryers perform the best? If money is no object, then the AEG T59800 and John Lewis JLTDC01 Condenser Tumble Dryer are the top performers. They could dry nearly 900kg of washing a year for £49 compared to the Hotpoint V3D01’s £174. These dryers cost over £370 extra to buy; however you could be saving £125 per year on electricity – payback time 3 years. The average lifecycle of these machines is around 8 years – so a potential saving of £625 at current electricity prices. The modestly priced Hoover VHV180 Vented Tumble Dryer at £183 – could save you £105 per year compared to the Hotpoint, or £787 over the products life, including the purchase price difference.

Which Tumble Dryer is best for the environment? AEG & John Lewis. Which is best for your pocket and the environment? It’s got to be the Hoover.


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The electricity unit rates used to calculate the costs per hour/cycle/year are based on the following: MIDLAND REGION ecotricity - New Energy Tariff of 15.78 pence per unit for the first 728 units and 11.67 pence per unit thereafter.

Tumble Dryers usage has been calculated at 148 drying cycles of 6kg (888kg) per year (UK average usage)

PLEASE NOTE: You can select different Tariffs on the sust-it site

Tariff Figures taken from:

CO2 Calculations taken from National Energy Foundation

The sust-it website has been conceived and developed by turnround new media an independent production company, after it’s proprietor Ross Lammas (46), became increasingly frustrated by the difficulty in finding the data on the energy consumption of products, whilst he was building an environmentally sustainable office and home in Gloucestershire.


Ross Lammas 01242 808071