Consumers can save money and energy when buying appliances with the new Smarter Choice app.
The app allows users to choose products that are the best value for money by calculating the total lifetime running costs of an appliance. Often these costs can amount to more than the purchase price.
Environment Minister Rob Stokes said the app demonstrated 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.
“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 app is a collaborative initiative between Sustainability Victoria and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and is backed up by an online partnership with NSW retailers.
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.