Using gas efficiently
Using gas efficiently in your home can help reduce your energy bills and your household’s impact on the environment.
The Australian Government’s Your Energy Savings website provides information and tips on reducing household energy consumption and various other actions you can take to reduce household greenhouse emissions and your energy bills.
Energy efficiency is important
Most energy in Australia comes from burning non-renewable fossil fuels like coal, gas or oil. Producing energy from these sources releases harmful greenhouse gases into our environment, including carbon dioxide.
As well as the environmental impact, energy usage costs money and Australian households account for almost 20 per cent of our national greenhouse gas emissions. By choosing efficient appliances and making simple changes to the way energy is used in your home, you can play an important role in helping Australia meet its overall greenhouse gas reduction target.
One way to save energy is to choose Natural Gas or LP gas appliances.
Identifying energy efficient appliances
Appliances can account for up to 30 per cent of your home energy use.
New gas appliances display an Energy Rating Label, similar to the electrical appliance label – except it is blue in colour and the annual energy consumption is shown in MJ (megajoules) per year. Look out for it when you next purchase a gas appliance.
The label provides an incentive for manufacturers to improve the energy performance of household appliances they supply to the market.
Always used a licensed gasfitter to connect, repair, test or maintain your appliance.
Gas appliances that carry energy rating labels are new:
- Space (room) heaters
- Ducted heaters (central heating)
- Water heaters – storage and instantaneous
Understanding the appliance energy rating scheme
When buying an appliance compare the size, features, price and running costs of different models.
For gas appliances the energy rating label shows how efficient the appliance is and how much gas it uses each year.
- More stars on the label means it is more efficient than other models in that category.
- The lower the energy consumption figure, the more efficient it is.
- Sometimes high star-rated models can cost a more to buy, but choosing a cheaper product with fewer stars could end up costing you more in the long run, as the running costs over the product’s lifetime can easily add up to more than the original purchase price. Consider the running costs as “second price tag” to help you decide which appliance to buy.
Further information about Energy Rating Labels (ERLs) and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) can be found on the Energy Rating website.
If you have any queries in relation to gas appliance efficiency, contact ESV on 03 9203 9700 or by email on email@example.com or contact your gas retailer.