A new app developed by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has been released to help consumers save money and energy when buying appliances.
Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes said the app was the easiest way to compare the purchase price of an appliance versus its life-time running cost.
He said the app had been designed to help families and consumers potentially save hundreds of dollars a year on their utility bills by choosing more energy efficient appliances.
“The app demonstrates that purchasing a 5 star washing machine rather than an average 2.5 star model could save more than $1,000 on running costs over the life of the appliance,” Mr Stokes said.
“Progressing from a 400 litre, 2 star fridge to a 6 star model could save a consumer $760 on running costs over its life time and reduce unnecessary electricity demand,” he said.
“The free app is backed by an online partnership with NSW retailers who have the web version of the app available on their websites to directly address consumers’ needs when shopping online or researching a product.
The app is a collaborative initiative between OEH and Sustainability Victoria, with more than 400 appliance, hardware and lighting retailers supporting the Smarter Choice Program.
Smarter Choice information is available at Bunnings, David Jones, Harvey Norman, Myer, the Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Betta Electrical, Home Hardware and Thrifty Link.