Energy rating labels

Last updated: 6 September 2022

Energy rating labels allow you to compare energy efficiency and consumption across a range of appliances and equipment.

This means you can:

  • buy more efficient models
  • consume less energy
  • save money
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Different types of energy labels

Energy Rating Label

Energy Rating Label

The Energy Rating Label is an Australian Government initiative. The label uses stars as a way to show the efficiency of an appliance. The more stars, the more efficient the product is.

You can use this star rating to compare other models of the same capacity.

Most appliances are rated between 1 and 6 stars. But as technology gets better, so does energy efficiency. That’s why an extra row of stars have been introduced. So the highest rating is now 10 stars.

Air conditioner Energy Rating Labels

Air conditioner Energy Rating Labels

Since April 2020, a new Energy Rating Label has been introduced for air conditioners. It’s very different to the old Energy Rating Label for air conditioners.

The new Zoned Energy Rating Label breaks down the systems efficiency over three climate zones across Australia and New Zealand. Most of Victoria is in the cold climate zone. The north western corner is in the mild climate zone.

You may see the old Energy Rating Label on systems as the market transitions to this new Zoned Energy Rating Label.

Read the Energy Rating website’s guide to air conditioner Energy Rating Labels.

Gas Energy Rating Label

Gas Energy Rating Label

The Gas Energy Rating Label is required for gas heaters and gas water heaters as part of the gas product certification of Australia. It’s based on an Australian standard test and can be trusted.

The label uses a 6-star rating to show how efficient a product is. The more stars, the more efficient it is.

Water Rating Label

Water Rating Label

The Water Rating label uses a 6-star rating to show how water efficient the product is. The more stars, the more water efficient it is.

You can find this label on appliances that use both energy and water, such as dishwashers and washing machines. You can also find it on fixtures that use water, such as toilets, shower heads or taps.

Depending on the appliance, the label also shows a rate of water consumption, such as:

  • flow rate
  • litres per flush
  • litres per wash.