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Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

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Using energy efficient products in your home will help you reduce your energy bills. It really isn’t difficult to identify which these are, providing you know how the Energy Rating Labelling Scheme works. If you’re not sure, our South Yarra electrical contractor will assist and advise.

What you need to consider is the fact that the appliances in your home can be responsible for as much as 30 percent 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 the way 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 are able to compare each domestic appliance’s energy efficiency. The rating is determined by both the size of the appliance and its consumption of energy in accordance with strict Australian Standards. Apart from providing consumers with invaluable data they can use 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 rating label for a refrigerator

It should be obvious 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, your friendly South Yarra electrical contractor can help with the decision.

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) as well as typical use of appliances in our homes. Your personal needs will also play a role when you choose your new energy efficient appliance.

Washing machines on sale, complete with
energy rating labels

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.

A South Yarra electrical contractor from Precision Electrical and Plumbing can assist in ensuring that your electrical system is set up with sufficient plug points for your appliances and will advise in terms of locating your machines correctly and using them properly. Contact Precision Electrical and Plumbing today.