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Energy star ratings: why they matter

Energy star ratings: why they matter

There are a few things people generally consider when buying appliances for the home. Functionality is one, price is another. Trustworthiness of the brand probably plays a part, too.

But next time you’re browsing the aisles looking for a new microwave, kettle, or hairdryer – take a look at the star rating on the box. 

Star ratings indicate how energy efficient the appliance is – and in turn, how much energy you can save, and how much you can save on energy.

The more stars an energy rating has, the more efficient it is. Efficient appliances use less electricity for the same level of performance of similar models with the same capacity. So they’re better for the environment – and for your wallet.

More economical

The more energy-efficient your appliance, the less electricity it will use to achieve the desired level of performance – which means it will cost you less to run, and make your quarterly energy bill that bit easier to swallow.

Reduce your carbon footprint

When you use up less energy, you lower the amount of toxic fumes that go out into the air from power plants – which, in turn, helps conserve our natural resources and the protect the environment.

How are energy ratings calculated?

The body that governs the minimum standard every appliance must meet, and determines what its energy rating is, is the Australian Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Regulator. The regulator was established to simplify and centralise the system – creating nationwide standards to replace state-based standards.

How do you properly read the label? 

  • Energy rating labels are designed to give you an indication of how much energy the appliance will use up over a year. While this is based on average usages, you can still calculate how much it will cost you to run.
  • Look for more stars. The more stars on the label, the more energy efficient the appliance.

  • If an appliance is rated six or less stars, it will be shown on the label as being rated out of six. More efficient models will display seven or ten stars.

How does NRMA Help?

NRMA is passionate about protecting the environment and have taken steps to minimise environmental footprint. NRMA has started a Climate Action Plan that addresses the environmental issues and the action required to mitigate this.