Energy rating - appliances


Appliances—such as entertainment devices, white goods and cooking equipment—can together account for 30% of home energy use. Energy rating labels provide consumers with information on the energy efficiency of a range of appliances. The more stars, the more energy efficient the product is compared to other models in its category. 

The Australian Government will be working with industry and state and territory governments to extend the Energy Rating Label to also cover heating equipment, such as gas heaters and electric heaters, which can take up to 26% of household energy use.

Electrical appliances

Energy Rating Label

The Energy Rating Label is part of the Australian Government’s Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program.

The Energy Rating Label is mandatory on:

There are 2 label styles: the 6-star label and the ‘super efficiency’ 10-star label for appliances rated at 7 or higher.

Energy ratings labels

The energy consumption figure shows an estimate of how much energy the appliance uses each year.

See the Energy Rating website for more information on the label.

In addition to the Energy Rating Label, dishwashers and clothes washing machines must also display a Water Rating Label to indicate comparative water efficiency.

Zoned Energy Rating Label

In March 2019, the Australian Government introduced the Zoned Energy Rating Label for domestic single phase, non-ducted air conditioners. The Zoned Energy Rating Label was developed in consultation with retailers and installers, and provides a seasonal efficiency rating for 3 distinct climate zones across Australia. This provides you with more useful information about which air conditioner to buy and allows you to select a product that will operate more efficiently in your region.

Energy ratings zones

Air conditioners will only have 1 energy rating label, but during the transition period, you may see both the current Energy Rating Label and the new Zoned Energy Rating Label on display in stores. 

There's also an informative video about the energy rating labels on air condtioners.

See the Energy Rating website for more information on the Zoned Energy Rating Label.

Natural gas appliances

Gas heaters are not covered by an Energy Rating Label developed through the Australian Government’s E3 Program. Certain gas heaters carry a different gas appliances energy rating label, as part of a product certification process regulated by state and territory gas technical and safety regulators. 

The gas appliance energy rating label covers these natural gas appliances:

  • ducted heaters
  • space heaters
  • water heaters

Gas rating label

Appliances without star ratings

For products without energy ratings, find out their energy usage and compare with similar products.

Some imported products have the American ENERGY STAR label. This scheme is supported by the US Government. ENERGY STAR rated products include certain computers, TVs, printers and media players.

Estimate running costs

Electrical appliances with a star rating label

To estimate how much an electrical appliance with a star rating will cost to run each year, multiply the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) a year (the number on the Energy Rating Label) by your electricity rate. The rate you pay is shown on your electricity bill.

The following examples use a rate of $0.2855 (28.55 cents) a kWh as an estimate of electricity costs a unit.

For example:

  • A TV (55"​ or 140cm screen size) with a 7-star label of 213kWh a year × $0.2855 can cost around $61 a year to run.
  • A TV (55"​ or 140cm screen size) with a 3-star label of 520kWh a year × $0.2855 can cost around $148 a year to run.

Savings are indicative only, data sourced from the website using the Energy Rating Calculator

To estimate the lifetime running cost of an appliance or TV, multiply the annual cost by 10 years (the average lifespan of most major appliances before they need replacing).

In this scenario, choosing the more energy-efficient TV could save you $876 over a 10-year period.

Electric appliances without a star rating label

The crucial steps to reducing electricity consumption require identifying how much energy is currently being used and looking at your usage habits.

Estimate the running cost of new or existing appliances and technology by following a simple calculation.

Using a portable electric heater as an example:

1. Find out how much you pay for a unit of electricity.

This information is on your electricity bill. If you don't have a bill handy, contact your energy retailer.

2. Find out how much input power the product uses in kilowatts (kW).

The 'input' power is usually marked on the packaging or in the manufacturer's information in 'watts' (W).

2000W of electricity: 2000W ÷ 1000 = 2kW

3. Estimate hourly running cost.

Multiply the input power in kW by the price of your electricity a kilowatt hour (kWh).

2kW × $0.2855c a kWh = $0.571 an hour

4. Estimate daily running cost.

Multiply the cost an hour by the number of hours you use the appliance.

$0.571 × 5 hours = $2.85 a day

5. Estimate yearly running cost.

Multiply the daily cost by the typical number of days you use the appliance.

$2.85 a day × 100 days = $285 a year

Usage assumptions

To calculate the energy consumption figure on the Energy Rating Label, the following usage assumptions have been applied:

  • washing machines = 7 uses a week using a warm wash
  • clothes dryers = 1 full load a week
  • dishwashers = 7 uses a week at the ‘normal’ setting
  • televisions and computer monitors = 10 hours use plus 14 hours in standby a day    
  • fridges and freezers = in use 24 hours a day

Read more

Energy Rating Label overview Energy Rating

Home and living Choice

Water rating label Australian Government

Zoned Energy Rating Label Energy Rating

Zoned Energy Rating Label video YouTube