As we are all becoming more aware of our energy consumption, the Appliances Online team has put some good tips on choosing and using appliances to reduce our carbon footprint.

The nature of fridges - having always to be on, as well as their size, they lend themselves to a guaranteed larger energy usage. Running a 6-star 360L fridge will produce almost half a tonne less greenhouse gas each year than a three star model.

Likewise, drying a load of washing in an electric dryer generates more than 3kg of greenhouse gas. We should all make sure we do our best to reduce these huge emissions into our only environment.

Size is a huge factor concerning energy and water efficiency- so ensure you are buying the appropriate size for your needs. Look for features like adjustable shelving and separate thermostats.

Check for chest freezers because they are generally more efficient than upright models, as well as freezers with closed doors. A general rule of thumb is to look for machines with as little exterior exposure as possible (one door fridges or lack of cold water dispensers are more efficient).

Building design is another important consideration. Ensure that your refrigerators and freezers are kept in a cool spot, out of sunlight to maintain minimum energy. Similarly, keep the machines away from other appliances which radiate heat.

Stoves and cooktops are such appliances which should not be placed directly next to it. You also want to make sure that those appliances which require hot water should be placed within close proximity to the hot water tap.

Use cold water where you can in clothes washers, and save energy washing your dishes at a lower temperature with less detergent. Keep a constant check on the water and energy ratings when purchasing your appliances.

If we all do our part, we have the ability to make huge differences in our energy saving. The global environment has the potential to be hugely affected by our actions. Small changes in the home can make big differences so make sure you buy the right appliances for the right reasons.