Energy efficient appliances make progress
The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) has reviewed the impact of energy rating labelling in Australia since its implementation in 1986.
In its Retrospective Review of the E3 Program, the report reflects on progress made in increasing energy efficiency and includes analysis of the introduction of Minimum Energy Performance Standards in 1999.
By focusing on two specific appliance categories - domestic refrigeration and air conditioning - the DCCEE has been able to draw some positive conclusions.
Average energy consumption has dropped overall in both appliances, when compared to estimates of prior to the rating initiatives being introduced.
Refrigerators and freezers use 50 per cent less energy per unit, with the average price also dropping across all classes of appliances.
Air conditioners have an average energy usage rate of nine per cent lower than prior levels.
The report estimates that it has been almost twice as effective as it was first forecast they would be.
Energy ratings are a great way to determine how much of an impact one particular appliance will have on the household energy bill.
With electricity prices a significant concern for the majority of consumers, simply following the ratings can make a huge difference.