Choosing a more energy-efficient front-loading washing machine could save you more than $2000 over a decade.
By Erin Bennett
Product test writer
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 MBIE-reported national average (29¢ 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.
The Gen Less Efficient Appliance Calculator 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.