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You and your family can conserve energy this Earth Hour with small changes to your household appliances.
You and your family can conserve energy this Earth Hour with small changes to your household appliances.

As we make our way into a greener and more energy-efficient future, it can often feel like our dated appliances and household instalments simply can’t keep up with the shift.

Pair this with the increasing costs of electricity, many households find themselves running at a loss with energy-heavy appliances taking a toll on their electricity bill. 

In honour of Earth Hour this Saturday, March 26th, here is one easy step to a long-term, greener reality - invest in energy-efficient appliances.

This is where industry giant Defy steps in with their range of energy-efficient appliances - to help you take initial steps when investing in your home’s energy footprint. The range is carefully designed following the South African Department of Energy’s programme that looks at driving energy-efficient appliances that are compliant with the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). This compliance offers top graded appliances that provide you with the best energy-smart solutions for your home.

Focusing on these three key household needs will help you know exactly which appliances to consider switching out:

Food Storage

Traditional refrigeration appliances like classic chest freezers often take a big bite out of the overall energy use around your house as they need to be powered up 24/7. Defy’s energy-efficient range can be a saving grace. For example, the Defy 254lt Solar Hybrid Chest Freezer uses the energy of the sun to help keep it powered seamlessly, while saving you on extra electric costs and loadshedding power cuts. The new Full Solar Hybrid range, launching July 2022, will have four units available in different sizes. This will allow you to choose the one that best suits your food storage and energy needs with ease.


Another household essential is the washing machine. This appliance is used multiple times a week in most households, and standard models can end up raising your electricity bill with daily use. Defy steps in again with their SteamCure™ Washing Machine range that comes in 3 different sizes (8kg, 10kg, and 12kg machines) and is A+++ energy efficiency rated to cater to your needs. Defy’s innovative SteamCure™ technology uses steam to lift dirt with ease, soften creases to save you on ironing, and hygienically clean garments while saving you water and energy. The smart use of steam also helps to cut your cycle times down for quicker loads. 


Similarly, an appliance many don’t always consider as energy-heavy, is the dishwasher. While dishwashers don’t necessarily use as much energy as other appliances, they can still become a burden on your water and electric bills with each cycle. Investing in a more energy-smart dishwasher, like Defy’s A++ rated CornerWash™ Dishwasher, you’re able to save over 30% more on electricity than a standard B rated appliance. The CornerWash™ dishwasher allows you to further cut your electric costs through its half-load wash settings. Dirt sensors also work out just how much water and electricity would be required to clean your dish loads.

When trying to future-proof your home, you needn’t completely take it apart and build it up from scratch. By gradually swapping out your more energy-heavy appliances for A+ rated appliances over time, and taking steps to be more energy and water conscious, you will save financially in the long run and have a more positive environmental impact. Always consider the cost to run versus the cost to buy to reduce your monthly electricity bill, all while building a greener future.

To start your journey, explore Defy’s Energy Save Appliances and see how you can start saving on your electric bills and your environmental footprint today.

This post was sponsored by Defy and produced by BrandStudio24.

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