01.Displaying rating in dollars makes sense
A new Australian government smartphone energy rating app that allows you to compare energy efficiency by displaying power use over the life of an appliance in dollars instead of kilowatt hours has been launched, with the aim of helping consumers save.
Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said, “This app shows people what the energy rating means financially, and by adding the estimated total power cost to the purchase price, people can see what they are saving”.
The app uses data from the Energy Rating Label, the sticker that's affixed to fridges and other appliances as part of the governments' Energy Rating Labelling Scheme and commonly used by consumers to compare the energy efficiency of different products.
Energy Rating Labelling Scheme is a mandatory scheme for appliances including:
- clothes dryers
- air conditioners
Room for improvement
CHOICE home and living journalists tried out the app, but found it could do with some improvements. Apart from crashing several times, it didn't give them the option of selecting washer/dryer combo machines as a separate appliance, distinct from clothes washers and clothes dryers. They also found the fridge selection process was quite confusing.
The app uses open data and is expected to be improved upon in future versions.
The Energy Rating app is currently available for iPhones in the App Store as well as for Android, Blackberry and Windows phones.