Knowing the energy efficiency of your home appliances can help you save energy and reduce your power bills. But what do the electricity energy ratings mean? Do you know that your fridge, freezer, washing machine and other household appliances typically account for 30% of your home <a href="/energy-products/electricity-natural-gas">electricity</a> usage? Knowing how much electricity your appliances consume can help you better control your energy usage and bills.<br />
What is Energy Rating Labelling?
If you’ve bought electrical appliances in the past 25 years, you will have noticed the energy rating labels. Quite simply, a household appliance carries a label that awards the appliance with a star rating. The star rating is worked out using the energy consumption and appliance size. The more stars, the more energy-efficient the appliance. Or to look at it another way, the more stars, the less you are spending on running the item over its lifetime. So when it comes to appliances like the fridges or freezer, which are running all day every day, it’s worth checking the star rating.
The great thing about the system is that it encourages manufacturers to continuously improve the energy efficiencies of their appliances. As appliance efficiency improves, the star rating formulae get tougher so consumers are never faced with a shop full of fridges with 10-star ratings.
And now it’s even easier to compare energy ratings of appliances.
Based on the Energy Labelling System, the Energy Rating App app calculates what the energy rating really means for your back pocket. Before you plan your next appliance purchase, download the free app to your smartphone. Then simply set your power costs, or take the easy option and let the app use the default costs according to your location. Choose the appliance, such as washers and dryers, air conditioners, TVs, fridges and freezers and more.
The app will show you the most efficient model first, with its power costs over five or 10 years. Tap the screen to reveal more information on the product. And simply swipe the screen to see all available options.
No need to feel overwhelmed by the vast selection because it’s easy to create a shorter list by bookmarking your favourites. This allows you to compare models in one quick glance. You can also limit your search to specific models by selecting various features, such as top loader or front loader washing machine, or search by brand.
Get a true picture of cost
Once you have your shortlist, you simply add the retailer’s purchase price to reveal the whole picture of what the appliance will cost over time. So if a washing machine will cost $610 in power over ten years and the quoted price is $250, the total cost is $860.
Knowing how much it will cost to run your chosen appliance is just as important as the price. And some of the more expensive models will prove much cheaper to run over time, whereas some of the cheaper models can be the most expensive to run. So over the next five to ten years your store decision can have a big impact on your regular electricity bills. That’s why it pays to have the Energy Rating App handy when you go shopping.
Visit the Energy Rating website to download the app.