While renewable energy sources are emerging as a viable power option so too is the demand for energy efficient devices and appliances. Research and development into creating energy saving alternatives to our current household appliances and products has meant a great deal of products are emerging that can be used instead of the traditional power consuming models. By reducing our power usage through using energy efficient products we can reduce power bills and lower our energy demands. Due to the rising costs of power and as people become more aware as consumers there is a rising trend that favours energy efficient products.
Domestic Energy Efficient Products
A house using a solar panel setup to generate or offset its electricity would benefit greatly from having energy efficient products installed and in use. For example, by switching lightbulbs across to power efficient alternatives a great deal of energy (and money) can be saved.
Energy Saving Devices in Australia
In Australia it is the Law that certain appliances come with an energy rating so the consumer is aware of its power consumption. It is a simple star system – bascially the more stars the more energy efficient the appliance is.
Devices that have energy efficient alternatives include:
- Water heating
- White Goods
- Washers and Dryers
- Lighting/Light Bulbs
- Air Conditioning/Heating
House Energy Rating in Australia
In Australia an energy rating can be applied to a whole building. This rating is called the House Energy Rating. Energy efficiency requirements have been updated to make newly constructed buildings in Australia more energy efficient.
A 5 star rating applied to a home or building means that the structure will require minimal heating or cooling by achieving a high level of thermal energy performance. This means that a home with a 5 star rating will be more comfortable to live in (when compared to a lower rated home) and have a lower power bill.