Computers and computer monitors are widespread in Australia and New Zealand, with just about every home and office having one or more of each. It is thought that there is more than 40 million computers in Australia and around 30 million computers in New Zealand.
The number of computer monitors is also as large or even exceeds the number of computers, as some people prefer two or more monitors for their computer, both at work and at home.
By law, computers and computer monitors sold or supplied within Australia and New Zealand must meet a minimum level of energy efficiency. Computer monitors in a store must also display an energy rating label.
The Energy Rating Label tells you how much energy the computer monitor uses per year and gives you a star rating that allows you to compare its efficiency to monitors of the same size.
Is your product regulated
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.
Computers are subject to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) requirements in Australia and New Zealand.
Computers must be tested in accordance with the method of measurement as set out in AS/NZS 5813.1 and the MEPS as specified in AS/NZS 5813.2.
Computer monitors must be tested in accordance with AS/NZS 5815.1 and meet the MEPS and labelling requirements as specified in the Determination.
Which computers are covered?
Small-scale servers, desktop, integrated and notebook computers designed to connect to 230/240v mains voltage by a direct connection, by a permanently connected external power supply or an external power supply that can be disconnected from the computer.
Which computers are excluded?
Some of the products excluded are handheld computing devices (such as smartphones), game consoles, hand held gaming devices, thin client computers, workstations, high-end computers or computer servers that are not small-scale servers. The Determination provides a full list of exclusions in Australia.
Which computer monitors are covered?
A computer monitor is a display screen whose primary function is to display visual information generated by a computer, workstation or server via a wired or wireless connection.
Which computer monitors are excluded?
- Electronic displays used exclusively for digital signage or digital picture frames.
- Electronic displays used exclusively for advertising.
- High-performance electronic displays.
- Specialised electronic displays.
- Displays used in public settings.
- Products classified, marketed or sold as televisions or TVs (including products with an integrated television tuner).
The Energy Rating Label on computer monitors
The Energy Rating Label can give you all the information you need to select the most efficient and lowest cost computer monitor (to run) that also meets your needs.