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, and 
  • air conditioners.

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

The label has:

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

Energy rating labels

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, and
  • 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, and
  • 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)

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, and 
  • gas water heaters.

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

The label has:

  • a star rating, and
  • 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:

Energy Star

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

  • computers 
  • printers 
  • fax machines, and 
  • 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.

Help buying an efficient appliance—No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)

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, and
  • be able to pay back the loan.

Good Shepherd Microfinance can tell you how to use the NILS. To find out more:

Last updated on Friday, August 28, 2015 - 10:33