With today’s ever rising energy prices it pays off to check the Energy Rating Stars before you buy a new appliance. This is particularly important for whitegoods that are always on, such as fridges and freezers.
What is the Australian Energy Rating?
The energy rating labels are part of the E3 Program that consist of 2 main indicators for power usage and energy efficiency. Each label on an appliance shows an Energy Consumption Figure. For fridges, the assumed usage is 24 hours a day but for other appliances such as dishwashers, it’s 7 “normal” washes per week. The energy consumption figure is always shown in kWh (kilowatt-hours) for a whole year.
The second part of the label is the Star Rating. Briefly put, the more stars a label has, the more energy efficient it is and the more money it will save you over time compared to other models with fewer stars.
Example Energy Label
Energy Efficient Fridges
Most modern fridges have up to 6 stars. Some of the newer, very energy saving models can have up to 10 stars. Generally speaking, anything above 4 stars is considered an energy efficient fridge.
For a family household, it is particularly important to keep a close eye on the energy consumption. After all, a family fridge tends to get opened a fair bit more than a fridge in a single person household. A great option is the LG GT-442BPL Top Mount Fridge. The easy to clean, fingerprint resistant stainless steel finish and easy to grab handles allow your kids to open the fridge themselves. And its 4 star energy rating means you won’t have to worry about piling up the power bills. LG has invented a new compressor to keep their fridges chilly and this new, inverter linear compressor means serious energy savings.