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By law, every clothes dryer that is sold or supplied within Australia and New Zealand must meet a minimum level of energy efficiency. Each clothes dryer in a store must also display an Energy Rating Label.

The Energy Rating Label tells you how much energy the clothes dryer uses per year and gives you a star rating that allows you to compare its efficiency to clothes dryers of the same size.

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All products covered by energy efficiency regulations must meet certain requirements before they can be supplied or sold in Australia or New Zealand.

Depending on the product, this may include Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), Energy Rating Label requirements or both. There are specific requirements relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

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Regulatory requirements

Clothes dryers are subject to both Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Rating Label requirements in Australia and New Zealand.

Clothes dryers imported for sale or supply are required to meet MEPS and Energy Rating Label requirements. The full technical details for MEPS and ERL are specified in AS/NZS2442.1:1996 and AS/NZS2442.2:2000.

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Which clothes dryers are covered?

The regulatory requirements cover clothes drying machines that are ordinarily supplied and used for personal, domestic and household purposes. Please refer to the Determination for more information.

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FAQs: The Energy Rating Label on clothes dryers

The Energy Rating Label can give you all the information you need to select the most efficient and lowest cost clothes dryer (to run) that also meets your needs.

How can I calculate what the clothes dryer will cost to run?

As the price of electricity can change over time and is based on where you live, the cost of running the clothes dryer is not given on the label.  Instead, the label gives you the amount of energy the clothes dryer uses in kilowatt hours (kWh).

To calculate the annual cost of running the clothes dryer, multiply the kWh figure by the cost of electricity in your area.

For example, the clothes dryer you are looking at says on the label that it uses 750kWh per year You know from your electricity bill that the price of electricity in your area is 29 cents per kWh. Simply multiple the kWh number by the electricity price to find the cost of running that clothes dryer each year. In this example, it would be $217per year.

What does the number of stars mean?

The number of stars on the label also helps you compare the efficiency of one clothes dryer to another of the same or similar capacity. For example, a 5kg clothes dryer with 4 stars is more efficient than another 5kg clothes dryer with only 2 stars. Unfortunately, the number of stars cannot be used to compare clothes dryers of different capacities because the size of the clothes dryers is used to calculate how many stars it can receive.

How do I use the energy consumption and stars together?

Both the energy consumption and the number of stars can be used together to give you all the information you need about the energy performance of the clothes dryer. This information can then be taken into account in your purchasing decision.

For example, two different 5kg clothes dryers have all the features you want but the energy rating label says Clothes Dryer A has 3.5 stars and uses 395kWh per year,and Clothes Dryer B has 4 stars but uses 290kWh per year. In this example, you would choose Clothes Dryer B as it is more efficient than Clothes Dryer A because it uses less energy to get more stars.

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