Energy rating labels
Energy rating labels give you information on how much energy a product uses. They make it easy for you to compare the energy efficiency of similar appliance models. Every new whiteware appliance, heat pump and television sold in New Zealand displays this label.
The more stars, the more efficient
Energy rating labels all have a simple star rating.
The more stars on the label, the more energy efficient the appliance is compared to similar models.
If you're comparing models for energy efficiency, they must be of the same type - that is, similar in capacity and features.
For example, if you are comparing 2-door 300L fridge-freezers, the one with the most stars will be the cheapest to run.
Many top models have four or more stars.
The energy consumption figure
The energy rating labels also have an annual energy consumption (kWh per year) on them. This is calculated based on average expected use of the appliance over a year.
If you are comparing two appliances of different size or type, for example comparing a small fridge freezer to a larger fridge, you can't use the stars as they based on the size and type category of appliance. Instead you need to use the annual energy consumption figures. The model with the lowest annual energy use will be the cheapest to run.
Other details on the label vary a little from product to product. For more information, look at the page about the appliance you are interested in.
Where to find the label
Energy rating labels are displayed on all new whiteware appliances and heat pumps available for sale in New Zealand.
- Heat pumps
- Fridges and freezers
- Washing machines
- Download a fact sheet on new energy rating labels for fridges, freezers and heat pumps.
- ENERGY STAR®
- Calculating running costs
Use the calculator to find out what your appliance will cost to run per year.
- To find out about energy consumption of appliances in more detail, you can visit the Energy Rating website.