How Energy Rating Labels can save you money

Choosing a more energy-efficient front-loading washing machine could save you more than $2000 over a decade.

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Before buying a new appliance, a quick check of its Energy Rating Label could end up saving you a packet.

Do the math. It’s easy to calculate how much an appliance will cost you to run. Just grab your latest power bill to get your kWh cost – or use the national average (25¢ kWh) – and multiply it by the kWh energy consumption figure on the label.

Choosing an energy-efficient french-door fridge would save you almost $600 over a decade, compared with a less efficient (but similar size) model. Choosing a more energy-efficient front-loading washing machine could save you more than $2000 over a decade.

Fridges

Left: Samsung; Right: Mitsubishi.

Samsung SRF719DLS

Price: $5299
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 665kWh
Annual running cost: $166.25

Mitsubishi MR-L710EN-GSL-A

Price: $3999
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 430kWh
Annual running cost: $107.50

Total saving in running costs over 10 years: $587.50

Washing machines

Left: Speed Queen; Right: Fisher & Paykel.

Speed Queen AWNA62SN305AW01

Price: $2995
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 1172kWh
Annual running cost: $293

Fisher & Paykel WA8560P1

Price: $1934
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 313kWh
Annual running cost: $78.25

Total saving in running costs over 10 years: $2147.50

Clothes dryers

Left: Bosch; Right: Miele.

Bosch WTG86400AU

Price: $1749
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 360kWh
Annual running cost: $90

Miele TCE 630 WP

Price: $2799
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 94kWh
Annual running cost: $23.50

Total saving in running costs over 10 years: $665

Televisions

Samsung QA55Q80RASXNZ

Price: $4800
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 576kWh
Annual running cost: $144

TCL 55P8M

Price: $900
Claimed annual kWh consumption: 283kWh
Annual running cost: $70.75

Total saving in running costs over 10 years:
$732.50

Compare energy consumption

We list the energy stars and energy consumption for:

Check out our article for more about Energy Rating Labels and how to use them.

EECA’s Rightware tool also has Energy Rating Label information on appliances sold in New Zealand. It lets you compare products, so you can find an efficient model that fits your requirements and costs less to run.

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