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Energy consumed in the operation of equipment and appliances is a major source of energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions within the Australian and New Zealand residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The Australian and New Zealand governments have both recognised the substantial reductions in energy use which can be made by improving the efficiency of domestic products. Improved efficiency will reduce the demand for energy and have flow-on effects for security of energy supplies, less reliance on fossil fuels to meet peak demands and a reduced cost to the end user.

The Switch on Gas strategy is a blueprint jointly endorsed by government and industry outlining the actions to enhance energy efficiency for gas appliances and equipment over the next 10 years. The launch of the strategy commits:

•Governments to incorporating gas end-use product efficiency into a similar regulatory environment that already exists for electrical products;

•Industry to providing world-class products within a legislative scheme, with formal responsibilities stipulated in state and territory laws.

The Switch on Gas strategy is a blueprint jointly endorsed by government and industry outlining the actions to enhance energy efficiency for gas appliances and equipment over the next 10 years. The launch of the strategy commits:

•Governments to incorporating gas end-use product efficiency into a similar regulatory environment that already exists for electrical products;

•Industry to providing world-class products within a legislative scheme, with formal responsibilities stipulated in state and territory laws.

This is an addendum to the decision Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)- Minimum Energy Performance Standards for Air Conditioners: 2011, and must be read in conjunction with that document that was published in December 2010.

This Addendum updates the decision RIS for Air Conditioner MEPS scheduled for October 2011 that was issued by the Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee under the auspices of the Ministerial Council on Energy in December 2010. This Addendum now forms part of the published document.

The research project investigated the accuracy and reliability of claims on energy labels of gas space heaters.

This type of research – energy efficiency performance testing – is one part of the process used by the E3 Committee to examine the potential of introducing new products into the program, including informing which policy approaches may be most appropriate and if there is a case for action.

Originally published May 2015

Reissued September 2015 incorporating amendments  

Several states and territories now have regulations regarding the types of water heaters that can be installed in homes, which generally promote the installation of low greenhouse gas emission water heaters. As a result of these regulations and the availability of government incentives, the number of heat pump water heaters being installed is expected to increase.

This consultation regulatory impact statement (2008/07) was prepared by Syneca Consulting and released in August 2008.  It proposes the introduction of common minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) in Australia and New Zealand for gas water heaters (GWH).

The emphasis in the current policy setting is on greenhouse gas reduction and assisting households to transition to a lowcarbon future. Energy efficiency measures are a key element of the Government’s approach, in addition to an emissions trading scheme and the renewable energy target. The Energy labelling and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) under the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program seek to address problems relating to lack of information on the energy performance of appliances and equipment and incentives that may result in poor energy efficiency choices.

Solar Water Heater Product Profile consultation

Water heating in Australia and New Zealand is a major contributor to energy use and cost in the residential sector, and many businesses and commercial organisations.