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How to improve the energy star rating of your home

Using high energy star rating products can reduce your electricity bill

Safe n Sound Electrical is a qualified and licensed electrician in Sydney that can help you work out what your energy use levels are coming from. Each appliance, light or electrical product that is installed in your home will use energy, even when they are on standby, which can add up when it comes to your electricity bills.

One aspect to consider is the Energy Star Rating of each product because this will give you a very quick indication as to how energy efficient all your appliances are.

what does an Energy Star Ratings mean?

The Energy Star Rating in Australia is a voluntary energy efficiency labeling program that helps consumers identify and compare the energy efficiency of various appliances and equipment. It is part of the broader Energy Rating Labelling program implemented by the Australian government to promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Energy Star Rating is displayed on the labelling of appliances and equipment, indicating their energy efficiency level. The rating is represented by stars, with a higher number of stars indicating higher energy efficiency. The more stars an appliance has, the more energy-efficient it is, meaning it consumes less electricity to perform its functions compared to lower-starred products.

Here’s how the Energy Star Rating is typically used in Australia:

  1. Product Comparison: Consumers can use the Energy Star Rating to compare the energy efficiency of different models of the same type of appliance. The more stars a product has, the more energy-efficient it is, and the less it will cost to operate over its lifetime.

  2. Informed Purchasing Decision: The Energy Star Rating helps consumers make more informed purchasing decisions by considering not only the upfront cost of the appliance but also its long-term energy consumption and operating costs.

  3. Greenhouse Gas Reduction: By choosing higher-starred appliances, consumers can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing electricity consumption.

  4. Compliance and Regulation: Some appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners, must display the Energy Star Rating label by law. This ensures compliance with energy efficiency regulations and helps consumers make energy-conscious choices.

  5. Market Incentive for Manufacturers: The Energy Star Rating system provides a market incentive for manufacturers to produce more energy-efficient products. Higher-starred appliances are more likely to attract consumers looking for energy-saving options, which can drive manufacturers to improve the efficiency of their products.

The Energy Star Rating program covers a wide range of household and commercial appliances and equipment, including refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, air conditioners, computers, printers, and more. The labelling system aims to empower consumers with information to make environmentally responsible choices and contribute to a more sustainable future.

It’s important to note that the Energy Star Rating program is specific to Australia and may have variations or equivalents in other countries. Always look for the Energy Star Rating label when purchasing appliances to make energy-efficient choices and reduce your environmental impact.

How to use Energy Star Ratings to save money on your electricity bill

Do you often wonder why your power bill keeps on expanding and there’s no likely suspects that are responsible for your energy consumption going through the roof? You’re not alone. Across Sydney, most households will experience a surge in power consumption at some point, and there are ways in which you can minimise the damage.

To reduce energy use, you first need to know where it is used in your home. Having an  understanding of where you are using it most, and then reviewing either at a high level or working our which specific appliances are using the most energy.

The top 5 energy draining and costly areas of Sydney homes are, in order:

  • Hot water
  • Refrigerator
  • Heating
  • TV and entertainment
  • Lighting

Alarmingly, we now know that some mobile phones drain more energy than fridges, and most of us are powering them daily. At Safe and Sound Electrical, we often have requests for advice on how to reduce energy and save money, at home and in commercial premises. We also are the experts when it comes to the latest in electrical 

Some changes we can implement immediately to improve your energy star rating include:

  • Install efficient appliances and fittings: This is a no-brainer but people are still ignoring the energy star rating stickers on basic appliances. By choosing an appliance with a higher energy star rating, you can save a great deal of water, energy and money. They really are a great guide to help you save. Another way is to choose efficient shower heads, toilets and LED light bulbs to reduce your energy usage and save money.

  • Home automation: By installing a home automation system, you can improve the energy efficiency of your home simply and effectively. Automated systems use an electrical signal to switch on and off, which means lights can be turned on or off on demand. We can also set timers or sensors to ensure your electricity is being saved as often as possible.

  • Entertainment system and electronics review: On average, a household owns 25 electronics products, which use 12% of household electricity use. We can work with you and source audio and video equipment that is up to 70% more efficient than conventional models. That is a significant saving in energy and also power bills. Once we’ve found the perfect entertainment system, we will then set it up for you for the ultimate audio visual experience, at home.

  • Electrical fault finding: If you’re experiencing strange, even spooky, power activity you may be in need of electrical fault finding. Electrical surges, power outages and flicking lights could be due to an electrical fault. Not only can it be dangerous, it will cause an increase in your electricity bill if left unchecked.

Our team can perform a regular electrical inspection which will reduce electrical faults and ensure you’re using (and being charged for) excessive power. Most people don’t realise that electrics will suffer wear and tear over time, so checks by a qualified electrician ensures your home keeps running smoothly, and you save money on bills.

Darren electrican in Sydney for Safe N Sound electrical in a medical facility

Darren Dewerson - licensed electrician in Sydney

I started in the industry installing security alarms and CCTV camera systems 25 years ago in London. I worked on thousands of sites servicing alarm electrical systems for large building companies, schools & other locations.

When I arrived in Australia I wasn’t allowed to apply for a security licence as I was not a citizen at the time so I decided get my TAFE qualifications and retrain as an electrician which complimented my electrical assistant work in London. I have been working as an electrician in Sydney since 2005.

For just over 40 years I have been involved in all types of electrical installations, upgrades, emergency repairs and set ups.

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