Around 30% of your total household energy consumption comes from your appliances’ energy usage.1 One-third is no small contribution – especially if your second fridge has a build-up of ice to rival the Antarctic.
To help Australians lower their energy bills and maintain energy efficiency, the government introduced the energy rating labels on a national scale in 1992.
It’s a fairly simple system; the higher the star rating, the more energy-efficient the appliance2 – and it seems many Australians are jumping on the star-studded bandwagon.
A survey we recently commissioned revealed 89% of Aussies prefer energy-efficient appliances and select an appliance with a high energy star rating all or most of the time.
What should we look for when using the rating labels to choose energy-efficient appliances?
It’s all well and good to pick an energy-efficient appliance based on the number of stars on the label, but you should also understand how these labels work.
Most appliances are given a rating out of six stars, while some more advanced energy-efficient appliances have a score out of 10 stars.2
These stars rate the efficiency of an appliance’s energy usage in comparison to other models of the same size or capacity.
For example, as we did earlier, you can use the labels to compare the energy efficiency of two different 400L fridges. However, you wouldn’t be able to do the same with a 400L fridge and a 700L fridge.
According to the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program, comparing appliances’ energy usage between like-for-like models helps you make a more informed choice when it comes to purchasing. Otherwise, you might find that you’re paying much more on your energy bills than you anticipated.
Other things you should know about your appliances’ energy usage
Shave even more off your bill by comparing energy plans
Energy-efficient appliances are a great way to save on your energy bills, but you can go even further by switching to a cheaper electricity plan.
Try our free energy comparison service to compare usage rates and plan features from some of Australia’s top providers in just minutes.
We take care of the heavy lifting of switching you over to a new plan. What’s more, there’ll be no interruption to your power supply when you change over to a new provider or plan.
1© Commonwealth of Australia 2019 (Department of the Environment and Energy) – Energy rating. Published on energy.gov.au. Sourced September 2021.
2© Commonwealth of Australia 2019 (E3 Program) – The Energy Rating Label. Published on energyrating.gov.au. Sourced September 2021
3© Commonwealth of Australia 2019 (Department of the Environment and Energy) – Appliances. Published on energy.gov.au. Sourced Setember 2021.
4© Commonwealth of Australia 2019 (Department of the Environment and Energy) – Reduce energy bills. Published on energy.gov.au. Sourced Setember 2021.
5(Chris Riedy and Geoff Milne) Commonwealth of Australia [http://yourhome.gov.au/energy/appliances] Department of the Environment and Energy . Your Home: Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes. Your Home is CCBY licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Sourced September 2021
6Based on a typical Melbourne tariff of 31.9 c/kWh. Sustainability Victoria – TVs. Sourced September 2021