Have you heard the term ‘white goods’ before and you’re not sure what they are?
Or have you just moved into your new home and you’re not sure how you can buy white goods?
Jargon like this can confuse people and often things get lost in translation or misunderstood. This is especially annoying if you’re a first-time renter moving into your new home and you have a million other things to think about.
To try and ease some stress, in this blog we jargon-bust white goods by telling you exactly what they are, and how you can get a hold of them yourself!
What Are White Goods?
The term ‘white goods’ simply mean’s any large appliance you may use in your home. Some examples of white goods include:
🏠 Washing machines
🏠 Tumble dryers
Typically, the above appliances can be categorised by the fact that they all use some form of energy whether that be electricity, gas, or other fuel sources.
The reason these appliances are called white goods, comes from the factory colour they all universally used to be manufactured in, white!
Of course, now you can get some funky coloured appliances to fit the colour scheme of your home, but these are still classed as white goods.
How Can I Get White Goods?
We know that moving into a new home can be daunting, everything is new, and you’ll have a lot to think about in the run up to your big move.
It can also be a worrying time when money is tight, and you have to fork out for things like washing machines and fridge-freezers to ensure you can function in your new home.
We’ve collated some resources to be able to help you acquire your white goods so you don’t have to trawl the internet in search of solutions!
Often, landlords will supply their new tenants with white goods already installed in the property.
However, it’s best that you check with your landlord before you move in so you have a clear idea of the equipment you may need in the future.
Local Government Help
If you are in receipt of benefits from the local government, you may be able to apply for a grant that will provide you with vouchers to buy your own white goods or contribute to buying them.
Hartlepool Borough Council has their Household Support Fund which aims to provide support to households facing financial hardship with a particular focus on energy and food.
For more information and eligibility for the help available at Hartlepool Borough Council, click the link below.
There are charities that have their own funds for grants towards families to have white goods in their homes.
Family Fund supports families with children who need a little extra support to get items like washing machines, toys, furniture and much more.
The Greggs Foundation also provides small grants to people in financial need in the North East of England.
These grants are made to fund household equipment such as cookers and freezers or anything that can make a significant difference to people’s lives.
To learn of your eligibility and find out more information click the links below.
Energy Company Fund’s
Energy companies such as British Gas and Eon have funds that they use to support people with energy bills such as paying off arrears, providing items such as fridges and washing machines, and replacing gas boilers.
You can find out more information with your energy provider or visit the links below.
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