Appliances, lighting and equipment

With more than 8 million households and a high standard of living, Australia’s residential energy consumption is high.

Household appliances account for about 30 per cent of total residential energy consumption with lighting an additional 12 per cent. While many of the appliances, lights and equipment on the market have improved their efficiency over the last decade, there remains room for improvement.

Advancing energy efficiency initiatives is a key objective for the Australian Government and Australia has one of the oldest energy rating labelling programs in existence. Only the Canadian (1978) and the US (1979/1980) schemes pre-date the Australian system.

Equipment Energy Efficiency Program

The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program is a cross jurisdictional program through which the Australian Government, states and territories and the New Zealand Government collaborate to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and energy labelling for equipment and appliances.

Improving the energy efficiency of appliances and products has significant economic and environmental benefits for Australia and New Zealand, reducing the running costs of appliances and products for households and businesses.

Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards

On 1 October 2012, the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) legislation came into effect, creating a national framework for appliances and equipment energy efficiency in Australia. The Australian GEMS Regulator has replaced the previous state regulators and is responsible for administering the legislation in Australia. The introduction of the GEMS legislation supports the E3 Program and fulfils a commitment made by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2009 to introduce national legislation to regulate equipment energy efficiency in Australia.

Energy Rating website

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The Energy Rating website has information for consumers, retailers, tradespeople and suppliers on a variety of products, including:

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