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Using energy-efficient products in your home will help you reduce your energy bills. It isn’t challenging to identify these, providing you know how the Energy Rating Labelling Scheme works. 

You need to consider that the appliances in your home can be responsible for as much as 30% of the energy used in your home. There is no doubt that most people are reliant on these appliances, which is why you should always choose those that are energy efficient. And it isn’t just buying the “right” appliance. Correct installation and how you use it can also have a marked impact on energy consumption.

Energy Rating Labels

First introduced in Victoria and New South Wales in 1986, the energy rating label is now mandatory throughout Australia and New Zealand for a range of new appliances, including refrigerators and freezers, washing machines and tumble driers, dishwashers, single-phase air-conditioning units and televisions. The label is optional for pool pumps and three-phase air conditioners.

A star rating from one to ten is displayed on the label so that consumers can compare each domestic appliance’s energy efficiency. The rating is determined by the appliance’s size and its consumption of energy defined by strict Australian Standards. Apart from providing consumers with invaluable data to make an educated choice, the idea is that this will also be an incentive for appliance manufacturers to upgrade and improve their products and make them more energy-efficient.

Energy Star Rating Explained Australia

It should be evident that the more stars an appliance has, the more energy-efficient it will be. However, there are other factors that you may need to take into account, including comparative price. If you aren’t sure, you can always speak to a professional plumber about the most suitable options for your home.

In addition to the star rating, the energy-rating label also provides information relating to energy consumption – usually displayed as kilowatt-hours or years. This is based on energy consumption (as tested according to Australian Standards) and the typical use of appliances in our homes. Your personal needs will also play a role in choosing your new energy-efficient appliance.

How To Use And Maintain Energy-Efficient Appliances

There are several ways that you can reduce your energy costs once you’ve purchased your new energy-efficient appliances. For instance:

  • Never have a refrigerator standing next to a stove because the heat will force the fridge to work harder to stay cold.
  • If you leave an appliance in standby mode, it will waste energy.
  • Washing your clothes and linen in cold water can save as much as ten times the energy you would use if you washed them in warm water – and your items will be just as clean.

Of course, it is also important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the machine remains in good working order and lasts longer.

Energy Saving Tips From Climate Council

Saving Energy In Your Home 

There are many ways you can save energy around your home. Remember to do your research and check the labels on appliances before you purchase them.

If you need any assistance with energy-efficient appliances in Melbourne, contact Precision Electrical and Plumbing today.

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