The Australian Government will invest $6.5 million to commence the process to introduce an energy rating label to space heating appliances. This measure will deliver up to 15 million tonnes in emissions reductions by 2030.
Space heating makes up 26% of residential energy use. It can be difficult for consumers to make informed energy efficiency decisions for space heating as there is currently no common energy rating label which allows customers to compare the running costs of different technologies (gas heaters, electric heaters and reverse cycle air conditioners).
An energy rating label will allow consumers to compare different heating technologies and make a more informed decision which best fits their heating needs. The government will consult with industry on the development of a comparative label.