Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What Do Ratings Mean?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What Do Ratings Mean?

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THE familiar yellow stickers with energy ratings stars that appear on major electrical household appliances are a legal requirement across Australia.

Energy labels are a government service designed to inform consumers about energy consumption.

They are mandatory on refrigerators and freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers and airconditioners.

The star rating is calculated on how efficient a product is, not just how much energy it uses. Refrigerators

Refrigeration accounts for 9% of energy use in an average Australian home. The star ratings for a two-door combined fridge and freezer generally range from 3 to 4.5 stars although there are some smaller bar fridges with a rating of 2 or 2.5.

There is energy to be conserved. A 355L fridge and freezer rated at 2.5 stars consumes 650kWh per year, while a 348L fridge and freezer rated at 5 stars uses only 349kWh per year. That's a saving of around $45 per year.

More efficient models generally cost more but factor the energy saving over the fridge's lifetime (perhaps 20 years or more) into the purchase price and you might be surprised. …

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