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Energy Efficiency at Home: Appliances

The more energy efficient an appliance is, the less it will cost you to run. This video offers helpful information on how to choose the most energy efficient appliances.

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Your house is full of appliances that all add up to your overall energy use.

Did you know that larger household appliances account for around 31% of the average household’s energy use?

It’s not surprising when you consider how often and how long we run these appliances. By looking for Energy Rating Labels and using the Energy Rating calculator before purchasing, you'll save money on running your appliances.

Find out more about some of the bigger appliances used by your household.

Fridges and freezers

When it’s time to buy a new fridge or freezer, replace your old one with the most energy efficient model that will suit your household’s needs. Utilise the following tips to help you choose your next fridge or freezer wisely.


Washing machines

Washing machines can last for more than 10 years, so it’s important to buy the most energy efficient washing machine to suit your needs. The following tips can also help you to choose a more energy efficient model.


Clothes dryers

If you’re looking to purchase an electric clothes dryer, choose a model with at least a 2 star energy rating. The following tips can help you to use your dryer more efficiently.



Dishwashers are star-rated for both energy and water efficiency. You can save 30% on running costs with every extra star, so look for models that use the least water and have the most stars.


TVs and home entertainment systems

Many households own more than one TV. The following tips will help you choose a TV that uses less energy.


Computers and IT equipment

Most households own at least one computer and many own multiple computers and IT devices. Follow these simple tips when choosing a computer monitor, or running your IT equipment.

    A range of other appliances also add up to about 8% of your electricity bill, so these should not be discounted if you’re trying to save energy. This includes hair dryers, phone chargers, remote controlled garage doors, and small kitchen and bathroom appliances. If you have a swimming pool, the pool pump can add significant dollars to your electricity bill.

    Running costs mobile app

    The true cost of an appliance must include the total running costs over its lifetime, which can often amount to more than the purchase price.

    The Energy Rating calculator helps you choose products that provide the best value for money. This handy tool can save you hundreds of dollars on your power and water bills, and is an easy way to participate in conserving our natural resources.

    The Energy Rating mobile app is available for free to download on iPhone and Android.


    Ask in-store today

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    Get advice on energy efficient appliances with the Smarter Choice retail program, where trained retail staff can advise you on selecting energy efficient appliances in store.

    Participating appliance, lighting and hardware retailers include Beacon Lighting, Betta Home Living, Bunnings, Camberwell Electrics, Dahlsens, David Jones, E&S Trading, Harvey Norman, Home Timber & Hardware, JB Hi-Fi, Mitre 10, Myer, The Good Guys, Thrifty-Link Hardware and leading independent retailers.

    There's a participating retailer near you. To find your nearest retailer, refer to the map below, or the Smarter Choice retailer list.