Energy Star Ratings On Electrical Appliances Explained

Are you the kind of customer who wants to know how energy efficient a product is before buying it? In Australia, you must know how to read energy labels.

The Energy Rating Label tells you everything you need to know about how well a piece of equipment uses energy. This will give people an idea of how much it costs to run and let them compare it to other models’ energy efficiency.

This article tells you what energy labels are in Australia and how they work, which is helpful if you want to learn more about them.

Why does energy efficiency matter?

Consumers have been able to find products that can help them lower their energy bills in their homes for more than 20 years. Energy Star is a label that manufacturers put on their products to show that they are using new, innovative technologies that make their products better all around. Because of this, the following information about the Energy Star label on your appliances is important:

  • Comparing how well different products use energy
  • Helps protect the environment by encouraging the use of products that use less energy.
  • It will help you choose a new heating and cooling system for your home. It will also give you tips on how to save energy.

Which products display an energy rating label?

Energy Rating Labels must be displayed on the following items in retail stores:

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Washers for clothes
  • Dryers for clothes
  • Dishwashers
  • Cooling systems (single phase, non-ducted)
  • Televisions
  • Monitors for computers.

Energy rating label information doesn’t have to be shown on the same appliances when they are sold online. But people often want to know this, so most stores choose to put energy ratings online as well.

How to read an energy rating label

With the Energy Star label, you can figure out how much energy an appliance uses and how bad it is for the environment. As a customer, you will always see a yellow sticker on the front of appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, and so on. The label is called an Energy Star label, and it has a lot of information about how much energy a certain product uses.

Energy consumption

The energy consumption number for an appliance is an estimate of how much energy (in kilowatt-hours, or kWh) the appliance will use on average in a year. By looking at this part of the energy rating label, you can get a rough idea of how much the appliance will cost to run.  

Star rating

Energy star ratings are a federal government program that helps people figure out how energy efficient an appliance is by showing a rating on a scale of six to ten stars and the amount of energy the appliance uses in a year. Energy Star ratings were first put in place in 1986 and are now required for many home appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and TVs.

Energy star ratings can go up by whole stars or half stars, and their energy efficiency is based on how much energy they use per unit of energy service. The higher the star rating, the less energy they use per unit of energy service. Most appliances will have a standard rating of six stars, but those that are called “super-efficient” will have a rating of ten stars.

Using the label to calculate running costs

If you need to do some quick maths, when shopping for a new appliance, it’s easier than you might think. Just divide the amount of energy used by 4 to get the answer.


It can be difficult to get your head around, and when it comes to electrical appliances, you should always contact a certified electrician for advice