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Energy & water ratings on appliances, what do they mean?

energy ratings

We’ve all seen the red or blue star labels on appliances, but what do they really mean and should you invest in those appliances with the best ratings? Energy ratings on appliances are an initiative designed to help consumers make more environmentally friendly choices when choosing their household appliances.

What do the energy and water rating stars on appliances mean?

They are displayed in the form of star ratings and can come in full or half star increments. The units of energy consumption the appliance uses determine their energy efficiency.

Water rating labels

The blue label with accompanying stars from 1-6, shows how water efficient your appliance is. The more stars the less water it will be used and in turn the less you will spend on water usage from these appliances.

In the middle of the label there is a box, which tells you exactly how much water the appliance consumes each use, allowing you to easily compare appliances.

Electricity rating labels

Energy rating labels show how much energy the appliance consumers each use and how efficient it is compared to similar models. The number on the label shows approximately how much energy the appliance will use in a year (based on average usage)

The higher the star rating, the less energy the appliances use compared to similar size appliances in the same category.

The lower the energy consumption, the higher the star ratings on appliances!

More stars = more savings!

It is worth comparing energy ratings before you purchase your appliances! Every star counts and each additional star reduces your energy consumption and saves you money!


Does your dishwasher stink? Here’s what you should do

dishwasher stink

There’s nothing better than a clean kitchen at the end of a meal and we can often thank our dishwasher for helping out!  However, just because dishwashers clean the dishes, it doesn’t mean they clean themselves! To rid dishwasher stink follow our simple cleaning tips.

Here’s how to clean your dishwasher:

Clean the filters

Most dishwashers have filters, which prevent the drains from getting clogged. These are the most common cause of nasty odours as the filters catch food particles, which quickly create a build up of bacteria! Remove the drain filter and give it a good scrub with soap and hot water. Ensure it is free of debris and then reinsert it back into the dishwasher.

Clean the inside of the dishwasher

Over time grime from dirty dishes accumulates on the inside of the dishwasher. Wipe down the insides of the dishwasher, including the top, bottom, sides and door. Remove the wracks and wash them with hot water and soap. Don’t forget to wipe down the door seals!

Rinse the dishwasher with vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar is known for its superior anti bacterial properties. Put a cup of white vinegar in the top rack of the dishwasher and run on a hot cycle. Once complete, sprinkle baking soda along the bottom and repeat the rinse cycle. This should leave your dishwasher smelling fresh and looking squeaky-clean!

When to clean your dishwasher

  • Every couple of week give your empty dishwasher a rinse.
  • Every month clean the filters and inside of your dishwasher thoroughly.

An unclean dishwasher ultimately means unclean dishes, despite how they clean they may look, nasty bacteria is likely lurking.

Keep on top of your clean dishwasher, and eliminate the stink!

Organisational tips to keep your food fresh longer in the fridge

fresh food fridge

An organised fridge means fresher food for longer!

Your fridge has been designed in such a way that certain food items should be stored in certain areas to keep your food fresh longer in the fridge. However, the majority of us don’t play by these rules and just use the fridge as one big cooling unit.

How to organise your fridge to keep your food fresh


The freezer is obviously designed to store frozen things. However, there are plenty of other food items that can be easily stored and kept frozen. For example, flour, bread, ginger, chilli cooked rice and pasta. There is rarely an excuse to throw food away!

Fridge doors

The doors of the fridge are the most volatile when it comes to temperature, as they are constantly being open and closed. These should be used to store items that are less perishable such as condiments and juice.

Don’t let your fridge door fool you! Milk should not be stored in the fridge door! Neither should other dairy products such as cheese, nor eggs as these perish quickly in changing temperatures and need to be kept cool.


The upper shelves in the fridge remain more consistent in temperature; the lower shelves are the coldest.  Pre cooked foods and foods that don’t require cooking should live on the top. For example, drinks, leftovers, dips, pickles, fresh herbs, condiments.

The lower shelves should be reserved for uncooked foods that can spoil quickly, as they remain the coldest. Raw meats, eggs, seafood and dairy should be stored down low. In saying this, meat should have its own separate area to keep the bacteria it carries from contaminating other items.

The crisper drawers

They do what they say on the tin and are designed to keep crispy, crunchy fruit and vegetables fresh for as long as possible! If you have two drawers, dedicate one to fruit and one to veggies.

Choosing the right sized washing machine for your family

choosing the right size washing machine

A washing machine too small for your family means weekends full of washing!

Washing machines come in a range of shapes and sizes. Choosing the right size washing machine for your family will save you time, effort and money!

Washing machine sizes are generally measured in kilograms.

This isn’t the weight of the washing machine, but the load that the machine can efficiently and comfortably clean. It is important to note that this weight is the dry weight of the load.

A guideline for laundry weight:

  • 1kg = 5 shirts
  • 1kg = 2 bath towels and a pair of jeans

By this math a 6kg washing machine should be able to wash 12 bath towels, or 30 shirts!

If you have a large family and get through lots of towels each week or wear bulky clothes for work such as tradie shirts and pants, a larger washing machine may make your life easier.

Never overload your washing machine. Not only is this bad for the machine itself, it also won’t wash your clothes effectively. If you are finding your clothes are still soiled at the end of a cycle it may be time to upsize.

However if you have a small household and only do one load of washing a week you may be able to get away with a smaller machine.

Naturally, a machine with a larger load capacity will be bigger than a smaller one. If you are looking for a bigger machine, as well as the capacity, check the actual dimensions to make sure it fits into the space you are planning on it living!


Tips to extend the life of your appliances

All appliances will last a little longer with some TLC.

Well looked after appliances means less repair, lower energy usage and ultimately last longer.

All of this means serious savings for you on avoidable appliance repairs and replacements!

Top tips to look after your appliances


The fridge seal is a major component in keeping your fridge working effectively. The plastic seal should be wiped clean often to remove any grease or grime so that the seal is kept airtight.

Cleaning the coils is also a top tip to keep your fridge working well. Remove the kick plate and use a vacuum to remove any dust.

Washing machine

The top tip for washing machines is – load them correctly!

If overloaded clothes can’t move freely it means the machine has to work harder to move them around, putting unnecessary pressure on the motor, transmission, belts and all mechanical parts.

If the machine is under loaded it can lead to unbalanced cycles that can also have a harsh affect on mechanics.

Be sure to clean lint filters and any vents regularly.


Like washing machines, dishwashers are designed to clean things. This doesn’t mean they don’t need cleaning themselves! Regularly scrub the inside of your dishwasher and wipe over the seals to keep them working effectively. Run your dishwasher on a hot empty load every known and again to kill any bacteria and keep the pipes and hoses clean.

Our appliances do so much for us every day; the least we can do is look after them every known and again! If you find your appliances aren’t working as efficiently as they should or have carked it completely, Bayside Appliance Repairs can help!

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