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Environmental Sustainability

As one of Australia's largest retailers in consumer electronics, we have a responsibility to help our customers make smart decisions about the environmental impact of their purchases. We are committed to doing our part in selling energy and water efficient products, by helping you choose greener products and learn how to use your products more efficiently. In our stores you will find handy tips to help you determine the energy and water usage of products. Look out for our Bucket icons, Smart Facts and Good Advice.

Smart Facts

Smart Facts provide customers with the estimated annual running costs of specific products and where relevant the water consumption. The Good Guys commissioned the Carbon Reduction Institute to provide calculation formulae for the running costs on a range of appliances. The calculations require energy and water consumption information from the Energy Rating and WELS rating of the appliances. These calculations are based on standard domestic electricity and water tariffs for each state and the usage schedules and consumption data from the Energy Rating Labels and WELS Labels for each appliance. These calculations are only designed to assist customers with their appliance selection by providing additional information about the estimated running costs of the appliance. Customers should take other considerations and their specific circumstances into account when choosing an appliance.

Washing Machines

The running costs of Washing Machines are calculated using the estimated energy use and water consumption per year, based on one load every day of the year (365 days), using a standard wash cycle.

The energy consumption of the Washing Machine is shown on the Energy Rating Label on each appliance, which is mandatory on all new clothes washers sold in Australia and provides an estimate of the annual energy consumption of the appliance based on test energy consumption and typical use of the appliance in a residential home.

The water consumption of the Washing Machine is shown on the Water Efficiency Label on each appliance under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme. The Water Rating shows the water consumption per wash of the appliance in litres using the standard wash cycle. To convert this water use per wash to annual water consumption, it was assumed that 365 loads were washed per year, as per the energy consumption.

The annual running costs for washing machines have been calculated by taking the estimated energy consumption on the Energy Rating Label for both cold and warm washes, and multiplying this consumption by the standard residential electricity tariff for the state. Similarly, the water running costs have been calculated by multiplying the annual water usage for the standard residential water costs for the state.

The total running costs are given by the sum of the water and energy running costs of the appliance. No maintenance, repairs or detergent have been included in the calculation of these running costs.

Running Costs

Total running costs for washing machines = Energy running cost + Water Running Cost

Energy running cost for washing machines = kWh energy use (Cold or Warm wash) x the standard Electricity Tariff in your state (in cents) /100

Water running cost for washing machines = Water consumption (Litres per load) x the standard Water Tariff in your state (Dollars per KL) x 365 (days in the year)/1000

Bucket Icons

Look out for electro-magnetic Bucket icons on in-store display washing machines, which provide the number of standard buckets used per wash on specific models.

The Good Guys commissioned the Carbon Reduction Institute to provide calculation formulae to determine the water usage per wash. The calculation requires water consumption information from the WELS rating of the appliance.

Buckets = Water Consumption (Litres per load) / 9.6 Litres (Standard size bucket)

Fridges and Freezers

The energy rating labels on fridges and freezers provide the annual energy consumption of the appliance. To calculate the annual running costs of the fridge, the annual energy consumption is multiplied by the state electricity.

Running Costs

Running costs for refrigerators = kWh energy use x the standard Electricity Tariff in your state (in cents)/100

Flat Panel Televisions

The energy ratings labels on the televisions provide the annual energy consumption of that appliance. Energy Rating Labels are now mandatory for all new flat panel television models sold in Australia. The energy use is provided by the energy label and assumes that the television is in use for 10 hours per day and in standby mode for 14 hours per day.

To calculate the annual running costs of the appliance, the annual energy consumption is multiplied by the state electricity tariff.

Running Costs

Running costs for televisions = kWh energy use x the standard Electricity Tariff in your state (in cents)/100

Dishwashers

The running costs for Dishwashers are calculated using the estimated energy use and water consumption per year, based on one load every day of the year (365 days), using the standard wash cycle.

The energy consumption of the appliance is given on the Energy Rating Label on each appliance. The Energy Rating Label is provided on dishwashers sold in Australia and provides an estimate of the annual energy consumption of the appliance based on tested energy consumption and typical use (one standard load per day) of the appliance in a residential home.

The annual energy running costs for dishwashers have been calculated by taking the estimated energy consumption given on the Energy Rating Label which assumes the operation of the standard wash cycle once a day. This consumption figure is then multiplied by the standard residential electricity tariff for the state.

The water consumption of the appliance is given on the Water Rating of the appliance under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme (WELS). The Water Rating shows the water consumption per wash of the appliance in Litres using the standard wash cycle. To convert this water use per wash to annual water consumption it was assumed that 365 loads were washed per year, as per the energy consumption.

Similarly, the annual water running costs have been calculated by multiplying the annual water usage by the standard residential water cost for the state.

The total running costs are given by the sum of the water and energy running costs of the appliance. No maintenance, repairs or detergent have been included in the calculation of these running costs.

To calculate the annual running costs of the appliance, the annual energy consumption is multiplied by the state electricity tariff.

Running Costs

Total running costs for diswashers = Energy running cost + Water Running Cost

Energy running cost = kWh energy use (Cold or Warm wash) x the standard Electricity Tariff in your state (in cents) /100

Water running cost = Water consumption (Litres per load) x the standard Water Tariff in your state (Dollars per KL) x 365 (days in the year)/1000

Clothes Dryers

The energy rating labels on Clothes Dryers provide the annual energy consumption of the appliance based on one average cotton cycle per week. The annual running costs for Clothes Dryers are calculated by multiplying the annual energy consumption by the standard state electricity tariff.

Running Costs

Running costs for dryers = kWh energy use x the standard Electricity Tariff in your state (in cents)/100


Energy and Water Tariffs

The electricity and water tariffs used for the calculations represented leading energy and water providers in each state and were sourced from available rates and tariffs on the respective energy and water provider's websites.

State Electricity Tariff (c/kWh) Electricity Provider Water Tariff ($/kilolitre) Water Provider
NSW 32.01 Energy Australia 2.103 Sydney Water
QLD 22.759 Origin Energy 1.787 Queensland Urban Utilities
SA 28.622 Origin Energy 2.75 SA Water
VIC 22.099 Origin Energy 1.7756 Yarra Valley Water
WA 21.87 Synergy 0.982 Water Corporation
ACT 16.665 ActewAGL 2.33 ActewAGL
NT 19.77 Power Water 1.2946 Power Water