What’s New for Energy Labels?

Your home appliance energy labels are about to change, here is what you need to know…

Way back when we started rating home appliances for their energy efficiency, the A, B, C system worked fine. Categorising fridges, wine coolers, dishwashers, washing machines and washer dryers into the different ratings meant that you, the consumer, could make confident decisions about water and energy consumption when shopping for your new model.

As technology has improved, appliances have become increasingly more energy efficient and many of them fit into the same broad energy label bracket. The time has come to revaluate the system in order to make things clearer for you, and to encourage manufacturers like us to continue researching and developing so that we can keep on improving.

When does it start?

The changes have already started to happen, with new energy labels starting to be introduced in 2020. In the run up to 1st March 2021, the official switching date, we have been working hard to test and label our appliances correctly to comply with this new scale.

What should I look for?

There will be a period of transition, where appliances might feature two labels. This doesn’t mean to say that one is wrong, and both labels will be relevant for the appliance. The higher rating will inevitably be the old energy rating and the lower rating will be the new one.

This is what the current energy labels look like:

This is what the new energy labels will look like:

These changes will encourage further energy savings by making manufacturers simply ‘try harder’, and this can only be a good thing for our environment and your pocket when it comes to household bills.

Boiling Water Taps FAQ: What You Need To Know

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When looking to replace kitchen taps, instant hot water taps have become an increasingly popular choice. 

3-in-1 boiling water taps have become a must-have convenience appliance for many because they can save space, energy and time whilst still looking stylish.

Serving water at 98℃ makes them perfect for hot drinks and cooking, while the traditional hot and cold water features are suitable for everything else like washing up and drinking water. 

Available in a variety of styles and colour finishes, boiling water taps can fit in with any kitchen. Like our TH102 boiling water tap which is available in brushed steel and chrome so you don’t have to compromise between style and convenience! 

So, let’s take a look at some of the questions you’ve been asking…

How do boiling water taps work?

There are a few types of boiling water taps, some are built into the traditional hot and cold water tap whereas others have a separate fixture just for boiling water. 

Having a separate fixture does take up more space than a 3-in-1 tap would, but it works in a similar way. A tank will be placed underneath your sink which will draw and filter water from your mains supply. It then conveniently plugs in with a regular plug, much like a traditional kettle would. 

The tank generally preheats the water in only 10 minutes, and then keeps it heated at 98℃. Because the water is preheated, it’s instantly accessible so there’s no waiting for kettles to boil.

What is a 3-in-1 tap?

3-in-1 taps combine traditional tap fixtures (that dispense regular hot and cold water) and add the additional feature of instant filtered boiling water. Because they can replace both the traditional tap and the kettle, they’ve become incredibly popular with people looking to create a more space and energy efficient kitchen. 

Are boiling water taps any good?

Boiling water taps for kitchens are popular for good reason; they’re not only more space and energy efficient, they can save huge amounts of time too – no longer do you need to wait for a kettle to boil! 

The average UK kettle takes around 3 minutes to boil. A 3-in-1 hot water tap only needs to boil the tank once and can then keep the water at 98℃, because of this constant temperature, it actually requires less energy to run. With many tanks holding up to 2.5l of water there’s enough hot water available for plenty of cups of tea and cooking water. This means throughout the day you’ll be able to save time and energy. 

Are boiling water taps expensive to run?

Often when we think about adding something for convenience to the home, we associate it with an additional cost. Having an instant hot water tap can actually be very cost-effective though. 

It’s estimating that for 1/5th of the energy a family uses is for hot water. This number is even higher in flats. Expert Energy estimates that hot water taps can use up to 50% less energy than traditional kettles. They estimate a boiling water tap can knock around £25 off your energy bills annually – so they’re not only more convenient, but they can save you a bit of money too! 

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Are boiling taps environmentally friendly? 

As we’ve touched on, instant hot water taps for the kitchen can use up to 50% less energy than traditional kettles. This energy efficiency does make them a more environmentally conscious choice. 

Boiling water taps also help cut down on water waste. It’s estimated 67% of people overfill their kettle every time they use it. This leads to an astounding 3500 tonnes of wasted CO2 every single day! Because hot water tops only dispense what is needed, it cuts down on wasted energy, and water that’s used in the boiling and reboiling process. 

How much electricity does a boiling water tap use?

To maintain water at a hot temperature, a hot water top will use around 10 watts of energy. In comparison, the average kettle uses between 2-3 kilowatts every time you switch it on. 

That means if you have 6 cups of coffee or tea a day, that roughly equates to half an hour throughout the day boiling a kettle, it will use 15 times more energy than an instant hot water tap will. Even for those of us who can’t go ten minutes without a nice cup of tea, the instant hot water tap will prove a much more energy-efficient option. 

Are instant hot water taps safe?

Instant hot water taps offer a variety of safety features compared to traditional kettles. 

Being in a fixed position, without a cable that can be easily grabbed and pulled, means it’s impossible to accidentally knock over. This helps minimise any unfortunate accidents involving scalding water. 

The fixed position also makes it far more friendly for anyone who has issues with holding weights for periods of times. Rather than needing to lift and pour the kettle, drinks and saucepans can be held underneath, or placed on the sink bottom. 

How you turn on the hot water will vary but 3-in-1 instant hot water taps generally have some form of safety precaution. Models like the CDA TH102CH 3-in-1 tap have a child-lock which can be bypassed by pushing down the boiling water lever whilst turning the handle forward. This feature is also spring loaded, so it’s impossible to leave the boiling water tap running unattended. This helps minimise the chances of any unfortunate accidents involving scalding water. 

How long does a boiling water tap last?

Modern taps are designed to last and as long as they’re well maintained can last decades. Many issues that arise through wear-and-tear or accidental damage can also be fixed without needing to replace the entire fixture. 

A 3-in-1 tap is no different and as long as you make sure the filter is replaced when needed it should at least last as long as any traditional taps (if you live in a soft-water area, you will find that you won’t need to replace the filter as regularly as those that live in more hard water areas).

At CDA, we completely understand that you want to be confident when putting any appliances in your kitchen. This is especially true with an appliance as frequently used as taps. Because of this, we offer a 2 year warranty on parts and labour as standard for complete peace of mind. 

How often do you need to change the filter on a boiling water tap?

How often you need to change your filter will depend on a couple of things; how often you use your tap, and whether you live in an area with soft or hard water as mentioned above. 

For those who live in a hard water area you know that you need to be extra vigilant about limescale. The filters will help reduce the build up of limescale and remove hardness from the water before it flows through the tank but you may need to replace your filter more often than those in soft water areas. 

You’ll find guidance in your manufacturer guide on how often to replace your filter for optimum use.

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How do you fit a boiling water tap?

Fitting your tap will be slightly different depending on the model and manufacturer. You should receive a User Manual and Product Specification with your 3-in-1 tap that has information specific to your needs. If you’ve decided to go for one of our 3-in-1 boiling water taps, we also keep these in the downloads section of the TH102CH product page so you can easily download the information you need. However, here are the basic steps you’ll been to take for fitting a kettle tap:

  • The first step you will need to take is turning off your water supply. You’ll need to turn off your main supply and then run both hot and cold taps to drain the system and then keep the taps open.
  • Next, you’ll need to make sure there is ample space underneath your sink to fit your tap’s new boiler. Place a bucket underneath your system to catch any leftover water and remove the old kitchen tap.
  • When you position your new boiler make sure the hot and cold water feeds don’t need to stretch to be connected. You’ll also need a safe plug socket in distance but don’t plug anything in yet.
  • Your tap will have 3 different pipes attached – hot, cold and boiling – feed through the hole in the work surface/sink. This is when you need to use your manufacturer’s specific instructions to secure. A tap brace may be required if there are signs of movement when pivoting the neck of the tap, so it’s always worth checking this before it’s completely plumbed in.
  • Connect your boiler up to the relevant pipework on the tap using the manufacturer instructions along with securing the hot and cold water to the relevant mains feed. You need to be careful that you don’t exceed your tap’s maximum cold water pressure as this can put unnecessary strain on the system. Once you have checked there are no leaks, it’s time to turn on the boiler. Your manufacturer guide will have the specific instructions on how to finish. 
It’s always worth noting that if you’re not 100% comfortable plumbing in a 3-in-1 tap, then it is best to call a professional or contact us for more advice We hope this has answered your questions surrounding the benefits of 3-in-1 instant hot water taps. We love the convenience of kettle taps because they allow for a much more efficient, tidier work space and look mega stylish too!

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If you do have additional questions, you’d like to learn more about TH102 boiling water taps or you’re looking for a new monobloc kitchen tap, checkout our complete kitchen tap range for info on where to buy.

National Sandwich Day – Britain’s Favourite Sandwich 2020

Now, we know British Sandwich Week is celebrated between 17th – 23rd May but in 2020, a certain pandemic put a bit a damper on things. That doesn’t mean the celebrations should stop though, oh no… 

The 3rd November sees National Sandwich Day, and whilst it was originally an American celebration, it’s definitely spread and is fast becoming an anticipated date in the diaries of many across the globe, including the UK! These days, it’s often referred to as World Sandwich Day due to the global appreciation for sandwiches, and we can see why the world would want to celebrate this marvellously delicious creation – the possibilities are endless!

With National Sandwich Day on the horizon and our mouths watering at the thought of digging into our favorite sarnies, we wanted to have a little fun and find out what Britain’s sandwich eating habits are, and we have to say… some of the answers were rather interesting!

Not only that, of course we also wanted to find out what Britain’s favourite sandwich is, so we let 400 people tell us what makes their perfect sandwich… the result may (or may not) surprise you!

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And Britain’s favourite sandwich is…

 

1st Place – Cheese and Onion (12%)

2nd Place – Tuna Mayo (10%)

3rd Place – Cheese and Ham (4%)

A simple yet comforting choice, it certainly has its place on our table!  Despite meat-based sandwiches being at the top of the list across most of the age groups we surveyed, cheese plays a huge part in shaping our favourites – accounting for 28.5% of all the individual ingredients chosen! 

It seems we’re a butter-loving nation too, with a whopping 78% of respondents agreeing it has to be the foundation of every decent sandwich. And we have to take sandwich construction seriously. It appears there is an optimal amount of fillings for the perfect sandwich… two, to be exact! A huge 45% of the sandwiches shared had two fillings, we can’t argue with that!

One thing we did find fascinating was the trends between generations. It appears the younger generations aren’t the militant vegans they seem to have gained a reputation for, largely choosing meat as the main ingredient for their favourite sandwich. Gen X and Boomers on the other hand, preferred a more veggie/fishy vibe. 

So, what other sandwiches are people fawning over?  There were some interesting choices. Some were a little more obscure than others, but we’re not here to judge! Here are some of the favourite sandwiches our team of 400 participants put forward that you probably won’t be finding on supermarket shelves any time soon (or maybe you will, who knows):

  • Lemon curd – A popular choice in Yorkshire, apparently.
  • Cheese and onion crisps with salad cream – I guess the cheese and onion element is still there…
  • Ham and pease pudding – They’d normally go together, so why not slap them on a sandwich?!
  • Bread and butter – Interestingly, this one came up more than once… 
  • Smoked mackerel and salt & vinegar crisps – This feels like one of those “don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it” sandwiches…
  • Spanish omelette – Because why not?
  • Cheese and onion sandwich filler with crispy bacon – Might have to try this.
  • Bacon, Brie and carrot chutney – DEFINITELY trying this.
Sandwiches have been around for centuries and there’s not many places you can go these days where you can’t pick one up in some form. The vibrant history of the humble sarnie is varied and some may say quite intriguing, so let’s take a look at some fun sandwich facts:

  • Around 12 billion sandwiches are eaten in the UK alone every year.
  • The sandwich is named after John Montagu (1718-92), the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who popularised eating beef between two slices of toasted bread when he wanted something convenient to eat whilst gambling. Though somewhat hazy, he isn’t actually regarded as the inventor of the sandwich. The inventor is said to be Hillel the Elder, a Jewish Rabbi from the 1st Century A.D who started the Passover tradition of putting meat and bitter herbs between pieces of matzah.

    The idea was that meat represents abundance, the bitter herbs represent the difficulties of life and the matzah represents liberation and freedom – the metaphor being that all three should be taken together. The Hillel Sandwich is still a big part of Passover to this day.
  • The earliest reference to a bacon sandwich as listed by the Oxford English Dictionary, was by George Orwell in 1931.
  • The town of Sandwich in Kent, UK has no direct connection to sandwiches at all.
  • The verb “to sandwich” is over 200 years old and was first used in 1815 to mean “to have a light meal”.
  • In 2008, an attempt in Iran to beat the world record for the world’s biggest sandwich failed when the impatient crowd decided to eat it before it was measured… oops!
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a sandwich can’t be called a sandwich unless it contains at least 35% meat (but no more than 50%)… nope.
  • The word “sandwich” is only used once in the entire works of Jane Austen. It’s in Mansfield Park, in case you were wondering.
  So there you have it! Lots of sandwich talk to get your taste buds tingling! What delight will you be treating yourself to this National Sandwich Day? Let us know!

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The New Celebrity Limited Edition Range from McDonald’s… Kinda

McDonald’s recently added the Travis Scott Burger to their repertoire, offering a twist on the beloved Quarter Pounder Meal. The rapper is known for his love of the fast food giant’s menu staple. As a result, the Quarter Pounder was upgraded to include bacon and lettuce as part of the month-long promo in collaboration with his label, Cactus Jack. 

It’s all well and good expressing the love with a collaboration, but what about paying homage to those famous names that have lived and breathed the fast food industry?

It’s no secret that so many big names from entertainment, politics and business had humble beginnings. Earning their keep flipping burgers, serving ice creams and dishing up other such guilty pleasures before hitting the big time. And we think that deserves some recognition because it just goes to show that you can do what you need to get by while still chasing your dreams. On top of that, if lockdown has taught us anything, it’s that believing in yourself when times are tough is one of the most powerful things you can do. 

With that, we give you the Celebrity Limited Edition range!

A new range of McDonald’s burgers, sides and desserts dedicated to a few of those whose movies have had us on the edge of our seat, whose songs we’ve sang at the top of our voices, and whose political resume has inspired us to believe that anything is possible. 

Because credit where it’s due, right?!

So, which one will you be treating yourself to?…


Barack Obama – Barack O’ Ribs Meal

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You may or may not know that the 44th President of the United States actually started his working life scooping ice cream at the Baskin Robbins store near his grandparents Honolulu home. He said that it taught him some valuable lessons; responsibility, hard work and balancing a job with friends, family and school. All pretty handy traits of someone destined to be the leader of the free world. 

The Barack O’ Ribs meal is made up of a Chicago Italian beef patty topped with White House Honey Porter slow-braised ribs. On the side you’ll find Hawaiian fries: a generous portion of McDonald’s fries topped with smoky bacon pieces, charred pineapple, creamy cheese and BBQ sauce. This gets our vote!


Gwen Stefani – The L.A.M.B Burger Meal

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Given that Ms Stefani is a life-long vegan, working in a Dairy Queen before unleashing her distinctive vocals on the world seems pretty unbelievable, but it’s true. We can only assume that serving up all of those creamy treats only made her more determined to get to where she wanted to be. 

A meat-based meal just wouldn’t seem right, so the L.A.M.B burger is of course totally vegan with a seitan lamb style patty, dairy-free tzatziki and avocado enveloped in a charcoal bun. But, if the burger isn’t quite cool enough, add some glittery extra long Harajuku fries on the side. Quite possibly the trendiest meal you’ll eat, of that we have No Doubt.


Jeff Bezos – The Prime Rib Burger Meal

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Did you know that the world’s richest man’s first job was flipping burgers at McDonalds for just $2.69 an hour back in the early 80’s? Not bad for a man who’s added $67 billion to his net worth so far this year, and it’s only October! And while Bezos has his fingers in many pies these days (owner of the Washington Post and space travel company, Blue Origin to name a few), his biggest (and probably most controversial) accomplishment is of course, Amazon.  

So, we present to you the Prime Rib Burger. A succulent prime rib patty topped with a fried egg and edible gold leaf… well… because, why not? Served with regular fries. No frills. No fuss. In stock. Same day delivery.


Madonna – The Madonna McFlurry Collection

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The queen of reinvention has had a somewhat checkered past, but she’s made it work. In the midst of it all, Dunkin’ Donuts was how she paid the bills when she set out to make her fortune having fled Detroit for New York City. It didn’t last long though as she was fired for squirting sauce at a customer! I guess we should be grateful it didn’t work out there, because where would we be without Like a Virgin and Vogue (among many others) gracing our cheesy music playlists that we secretly love?

We’re pretty confident these additions to the McFlurry family would be just as iconic as the musical megastar they pay homage to. Papa Don’t Peach is fruity in every sense of the word, with rich clotted cream ice cream, real peaches and mango sauce, this one will get you in all sorts of trouble… deep. If you’re looking for a more classy, indulgent affair, then the Material Whirl is what you need. A classic Mcflurry with strawberry sauce, buttery shortcake pieces and rich chocolate bites. Because diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend… ice cream is.   


Mark Hamill – The Pies of Skywalker

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Another McDonald’s alumni who scored his first real job with the fast food chain when he was just 16. But that wasn’t the end of fast food for Hamill. While pursuing his acting dreams in Hollywood, he also worked at Jack in the Box to make ends meet, but he was fired for doing character voices while manning the drive-thru… It seems putting in all that practice paid off and the silver screen gods were looking down on him, because not long after he landed the role of a lifetime as Darth’s favourite kid, Luke Skywalker.  

And what better way to celebrate such a win than with pie? But not just any pie, the Pies of Skywalker. Sink your teeth into a Hoth Cherry Pie which is full of hot cinnamon, cherry and vanilla custard filling, with a light dusting of snowy icing sugar. Or, if that’s not quite sickly sweet enough, a Wookie Dough Pie is where it’s at with its rich and “Chewie” double chocolate chip cookie dough filling. May the sauce be with you, you’re gonna need it. 


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Prefer to flip your own burgers instead? Why not check out our range of hobs? With an array of ceramic hobs, gas hobs and induction hobs to choose from, you’ll be flipping all day! 

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Gender Switch: Iconic Household Brand Mascots Redesigned

So many household brands that we’ve come to know and love over the years have cemented their place in our home with the addition of a quirky mascot. A defining, relatable character that champions the brand, a familiar face on the shopping aisles of the supermarket – all designed to catch and hold your attention. 

Generally, you might not give a brand mascot much thought, but when you look past all the bright colours and charisma, there’s one thing that seems to be quite obvious about the bigger picture – where are all the women at?! 

Many mascots have been around for decades and as the advertising industry was predominantly male led, branding definitely had a more masculine bias. But, when male brand mascots outnumber female mascots two-to-one, is there still a place for this approach in today’s society? 

As new brands forge their way into our homes, it would seem that the industry is in fact moving away from gendered branding in favour of a more neutral approach where gender parity becomes a priority, and rightly so. Women aren’t defined by the colour pink anymore and men like to cook and clean, too. 

With this in mind, we asked the question… is there still a place on our shelves for the older, established brand mascots? 

With International Women’s Day on the 8th March, we wanted to do something that would cast a light on these outdated brand mascots and level the playing field a little bit. While we certainly don’t want to reinforce female stereotypes, we do want to point out that women are capable of being strong enough to represent cleaning products for tough jobs. They can be mischievous without being sexy and they like to eat food, too…


Toilet Duck

Toilet Duck Mascot Gender Switch - CDA Appliances

A somewhat household essential, the Toilet Duck brand (and all of its pseudonyms) has held its place in many bathrooms around the world since the early 1980’s. While the branding and mascot for Toilet Duck took a more adrogenous form in the beginning, it actually became more masculine over time, leading to the muscular, imposing incarnation we see today. This almost feels like a backstep on the journey to advertising neutrality. 


Mr Muscle 

Mr Muscle Mascot Gender Switch - CDA Appliances

Another household cleaning brand that began life in the 80’s, Mr Muscle was reported to “love the jobs you hate”, backed up by ad campaigns featuring a somewhat effeminate male character eager to get stuck in. Again, over the years, this image has been transformed into a more literal representation of the name and the mascot is now portrayed as a large, muscular male superhero ready to save the day.


Pringles

Pringles Mascot Gender Switch - CDA Appliances

The stylised cartoon character of “Julius Pringles” has become just as iconic as the saddle-shaped crisps themselves. With his wide moustache and bowtie, the character seemingly represents a traditional gentleman, one that would be in the upper levels of social class – suggesting that Pringles were deserving of a higher status than other crisps. 


Green Giant Sweetcorn

Green Giant Sweetcorn Mascot Gender Switch - CDA Appliances

The Jolly Green Giant has represented tinned sweetcorn since the Minnesota Valley Canning Co came up with the concept in the late 1920’s. Since then, little has changed as far as his image goes. A towering figure of strength and typical masculinity, the chiselled jawline and strong legs promote good health, while the colours used signify natural goodness. 

But the Jolly Green Giant wasn’t always so jolly. In the early years he wasn’t well received as he was deemed too scary, he had to be “softened” with a sunny smile and a more inviting posture to add a certain level of tenderness to his image. 


Rice Krispies

Rice Krispies Mascot Gender Switch - CDA Appliances

The mischievous elf-like trio known as Snap, Crackle and Pop were created way back in the early 1930’s. But, it wasn’t until the late 1940’s they were reimagined with youthful, more proportional features to appeal to a younger audience. 

High energy mischief seems to be their game, but the idea that only boys are capable of this is something of a falsehood. On a side note, it seems that there are very few branded cereals that promote a female mascot, is it time the industry as a whole had a complete overhaul?


Captain Birds Eye

Captain Birds Eye Mascot Gender Switch - CDA Appliances

An icon of 1960’s food advertising, the captain has represented frozen food since the brands inception. Generally depicted as a clean living, older sailor with a white beard, it’s a very typical representation of what we’d expect a naval captain to be. These days, the role of captain is no longer reserved just for men and an increasing number of women continue to take up the position.


Frosties 

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As we mentioned before, the female of the species are seriously underrepresented when it comes to breakfast cereals. Tony the Tiger has become somewhat of an icon since his debut in the early 1950’s. The character we see today was created by a group of former Disney animators, and was the result of a competition run by Kellogg’s to come up with a new mascot for their latest cereal. Interesting fact, that same group of animators also designed The Jolly Green Giant and Snap, Crackle and Pop.


Homepride

Homepride Mascot Gender Switch - CDA Appliances

Fred the Flour Grader (as is his full name) has been the smiley, bowler hatted mascot for Homepride since his creation in 1964. Promoted as “mums special helper”, he’s seemingly capable of saving any family from meal time woes, the character has even been turned into a range of kitchen products and utensils. Interestingly, Fred had been on a 15 year hiatus until Homepride decided to bring him back in 2014.


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