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Understanding Energy Labeling & MEPS
We all love our appliances and could not imagine life without our fridge, our dish washer, our air-conditioner or our TV. All these appliances, however, do have a huge affect on the amount of energy we all use, costing us money and generating carbon emissions that negatively affect our environment.
Due to the negative affect some of these appliances can have, it is mandatory in all states and territories for refrigerators, freezer, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers and air-conditioners (single phase only) to carry the Energy Rating Label when they are offered for sale. There are also a number of appliances that are now monitored on the basis of MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standards).
To read more about MEPS go to http://www.energyrating.gov.au/meps1.html
The Energy Rating Label enables consumers to compare the energy efficiency of domestic appliances on a fair and equitable basis. This also provides incentive for manufacturers to improve the energy performance of appliances so that they are looked at more favorably in the market place.
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/year) provides an estimate of the annual energy consumption of the appliance based on the tested energy consumption and information about the typical use of the appliance in the home. Air conditioners show the power consumption of the appliance (kW or kWh/hour).
The Star Rating of an appliance is determined from the energy consumption and size of the product. These values are measured under Australian Standards which define test procedures for measuring energy consumption and minimum energy performance criteria. Appliances must meet these criteria before they can be granted an Energy Rating Label.
It is easy to make the right choice when choosing your appliances – Just look out for the stars to help you reduce your energy bills and help us all to reduce carbon emissions.