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Energy Rating Labels – What they mean for you

Energy Rating Labels – What they mean for you

What is the energy rating label scheme?

The Energy Rating Label scheme was set up to be a compulsory scheme for a range of appliances to show their star rating in terms of efficiency and other information in regards to their energy consumption. This scheme is compulsory for such appliances as fridges & freezers, clothes washers & dryers, dish washers, air cons and TVs.

What the energy rating label tells us?

The energy rating label being displayed with the appliance has been a great initiative as it allows consumers to easily compare different models of particular appliances easily. You’re not just going on the word of the salesman, you have the power to choose based on information that is right in front of you! Even though any Gas Works specialist will help you choose the right appliance for your needs, other showrooms may not so you need to know as much as you can.

The main features of an energy rating label are the stars and energy consumption numbers. The stars are a quick indicator of the appliance’s level of efficiency. The more stars, the more efficient the appliance is compared to similar models. Most energy rating labels a rating out of 6 stars but fridges and
air conditioning labels will have a rating out of 10 stars.

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It is estimated that an increase in one star means energy savings of 10 to 30% depending on the appliances being compared.

Energy consumption numbers give you an indication as to the projected (based on typical usage tests) annual energy usage for the appliance, and usually in kWh; kilowatt-hours per year. Air conditioners are measured a little differently. Their energy consumption numbers are based on the estimated amount of energy used each hour separately for cooling and heating (if reverse cycle). The example image shown above is the energy rating label for air conditioning system.

PLEASE NOTE: It is harder to compare gas and electric models of the same appliance as the labels display different types of energy used (Gas uses MJ or Megajoules, Electric uses Kw or Kilowatts).

Compare appliance energy ratings online

If you want a quick and efficient way to compare appliance energy ratings for appliance in the Gas Works range, in the comfort of your home then look no further! E3 (Equipment Energy Efficiency) has put together a comparison system that allows you to review and compare the full range of models, including detailed specifications. Visit energyrating.gov.au for more info.

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with your nearest Gas Works home appliance specialists.

 

Article by Nathan Hockley

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