Energy Rating Label

The Energy Rating Label tells consumers how much electricity an appliance will use and allows them to compare the energy efficiency and running costs of appliances with similar features.

About the Energy Rating Label

The Energy Rating Label applies to certain products under the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002. These products must display the label when they are offered for sale.

The label was developed under the trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program and applies in both New Zealand and Australia.

Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 - NZ Legislation Website

Features of the label:

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  • Star rating - lets consumers easily compare the energy efficiency of similar models. The more stars, the more energy efficient.
  • Estimate of the product’s annual energy consumption - in kilowatt hours (KWh) per year, based on assumed usage.
  • The product’s brand and model number.
  • Test standard - used to measure the product’s energy performance and calculate its rating.
  • Link to E3 Program database of regulated products.

Products that display the label

The label appears on household refrigerators and freezers, heat pumps, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, computer monitors, and televisions.

Requirements for importers, manufacturers and retailers

Importers, manufacturers and retailers of products subject to labelling requirements need to meet certain obligations under the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002.

 More information on requirements for importers, manufacturers and retailers

How the Energy Rating Label can help consumers

Consumers can use the label to choose the most energy efficient appliance that meets their needs. The energy consumption figure on the label also enables consumers to estimate and consider the running cost over the expected life of the appliance, rather than considering just the purchase price.

Our running costs calculator complements the label by helping consumers calculate and compare running costs of similar models, based on the energy consumption figure. Consumers can also use the calculator to get a more accurate estimate for their household, by entering information on how they will use the appliance.

Running costs calculator - Energywise website

How the Energy Rating Label can help importers and manufacturers

Manufacturers and suppliers can use this information to promote the energy efficiency and running costs of their appliances.

How the Energy Rating Label can help retailers

Retail staff can use the label to help customers choose more energy efficient products with lower running costs. Retailers can also direct customers to the EECA website and running costs calculator for more information.