Efficient appliances

Choosing appliances that are energy efficient can save you money. Appliances are things like dishwashers, heaters and air conditioners.

Some gas and electrical appliances have labels on them to help you work out which ones are the most energy efficient. These are called ‘Energy efficiency ratings’.

Energy efficiency ratings

Electrical appliances

Some electrical appliances have an ‘Energy Rating’ label on them. The label must be on:

  • fridges 
  • freezers 
  • televisions 
  • washing machines 
  • clothes dryers
  • dishwashers
  • air conditioners.

The label gives you an idea of how efficient the appliance is.

The label has:

  • a star rating
  • an estimate of how much electricity it uses each year.

The star rating lets you see which brands are more efficient than others.

There are two sorts of labels:

  • 6 star
  • 10 star—this is for appliances that are very energy efficient and have a rating of 7 stars or more.

From 1 April 2020, there are also zoned energy rating labels for air conditioners.

Energy rating labels

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019

More stars might mean the appliance is more expensive, but more stars also means more efficient.

Because it uses less energy, a more efficient appliance might save you money in the long run.

Here are two examples of what energy rating labels might mean.

Example 1

Let’s say we have a:

  • 7kg clothes dryer with 1 star
  • 7kg clothes dryer with 6 stars.

The 1-star dryer uses nearly three times as much electricity as the 6-star dryer.

Example 2

Let’s say we have a:

  • 106cm plasma TV with ½ a star
  • 106cm LCD TV with 6 stars.

The ½-star TV uses more than five times as much electricity as the 6-star TV.

(Source: www.energyrating.gov.au)

New zoned energy rating labels

New regulations require zoned energy rating labels on air conditioners from 1 April 2020.

The new labels tell you how efficient an air conditioner is depending on which of the three climate zones you live in (hot, average or cold), how much cooling and heating the air conditioner can provide, how much electricity it uses and how loud it is.

Zoned energy rating labels

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019

The new label also shows annual energy consumption across air conditioner models in a consistent way. This brings the energy label for air conditioners into line with many of the other energy rating labels (such as those for fridges, washing machines and televisions) which already display an annual consumption figure.

More information about the new zoned energy rating labels is available on the Energy Rating website.

(Source: www.energyrating.gov.au)

Tip

Need more help with comparing appliances? You can use the Australian Government’s Energy Rating website and Your Energy Savings website to compare the energy efficiency of electrical appliances.

Gas appliances

You will find ‘Gas Rating’ labels on some:

  • gas space heaters 
  • ducted heating systems
  • gas water heaters.

The label gives you an idea of how efficient the appliance is.

The label has:

  • a star rating
  • an estimate of how much gas it uses each year.

More stars means the appliance is more efficient than similar appliances.

To find out more about how gas products are rated and checked, contact the Australian Gas Association on (03) 9580 4500 or visit www.aga.asn.au.

Energy Star labels

You might also see a blue ‘Energy Star’ label on some but not all:

  • computers 
  • printers 
  • fax machines
  • DVD players.

The blue Energy Star label is a USA-based initiative to help consumers identify energy efficient products.

It is voluntary in Australia, so keep in mind that a product that does not have the label could be just as efficient as one that does.

Need help buying an efficient appliance?

Efficient appliances can save you money in the long run, but they might be more expensive to buy than other appliances.

The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) is a way you can get a no interest loan to buy essential things for the house, like a washing machine. NILS is available across Australia.

To use the NILS, you must:

  • have a health care card, pension card or be on a low income
  • have lived in your current home for more than three months
  • be able to pay back the loan.

Good Shepherd Microfinance can tell you how to use the NILS. To find out more call 13 64 57 or visit www.goodshepherdmicrofinance.org.au.

Last updated on Monday, April 6, 2020 - 17:31