Avoid buyer’s remorse using the energy star rating label

June 2014

Shopping for large appliances is often confusing and knowing how the energy star rating label works can help you make the right purchase for your home.

The Energy Rating label enables consumers to compare the energy efficiency of large appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers and air-conditioners.

The Energy Rating label has two main features: 

  • The star rating gives a quick comparative assessment of the model's energy efficiency 
  • The comparative energy consumption (usually kilowatt hours per year) provides an estimate of the how much energy the appliance uses annually based on typical use of the appliance in the home. Airconditioners show the power consumption of the appliance (kW or kWh/hour).

If you’re shopping around for a new appliance and want to know how it will affect your energy bill, multiply the kWh per year number by 28 cents to estimate the annual running cost.

If you can’t do it in your head, just use the calculator in your mobile phone.


AC star ratings sticker 

Star ratings give a quick comparative assessment of energy efficiency