Smarter Choice

Energy efficient appliances will save you money over the lifetime of the appliance compared to standard models. This is why the Smarter Choice Retail Program exists – to help you make better choices when buying new appliances, hardware and lighting.

Smarter choice - save energy, water and money

The program has information available in over 400 partnering stores to help you compare the running costs and environmental performance of the products you're looking to buy.

You can also get expert advice on how to correctly dispose of your old appliances, which can save you money and conserve Victoria's valuable energy and water resources.

Save on household bills

By buying more energy and water efficient appliances, you can both reduce your household bills and help the environment.

Compare models with the same star rating by using the numbers on the water and energy efficiency rating labels. Every extra star will save you 30% on dishwashers, 25% on washing machines and dryers, and 20% on TVs and fridges when it comes to running costs.

Energy consumption score and star rating

Energy Rating Labels are an Australian Government requirement on new appliances, making it easy to compare running costs. The lower the energy consumption score, the less electricity the appliance uses, and the cheaper it will be to run.

Energy rating 1 to 10 starsEnergy rating 1 to 6 starsenergy rating label

TVs, refrigerators/freezers and air conditioners are rated from one to ten stars. Dishwashers, washing machines and dryers are rated from one to six stars.

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Fact sheet: Energy rating labels

Expert Advice

Money Smart Awards 2014

Getting advice on the best appliances has now become much easier with the Smarter Choice Retail Program. Each partnering store has trained retail sales staff that can advise you about the water and energy efficiency of the appliances available in store.

The Smarter Choices Retail Program provides partnering stores with information to help you compare the running costs, environmental performance and overall energy efficiency of a range of household products and appliances. These include:



Fridges and freezers


Washing machines





Hot water systems





Disposal of white goods


Ask in-store today

Our Smarter Choice retail partners can help you to make informed decisions when buying new appliances.

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.