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