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Buying washing machines and dryers

Compare energy star ratings

To save money on bills, look out for the Energy Rating and Water Rating labels on the appliances. These labels provide information on how much energy and water the washing machine or dryer will use.

Fridge and freezer energy rating

Check the number of stars on the label. The more stars, the more efficient.

Every extra star can save you hundreds of dollars over the life of your washing machine and dryer.

Second, check the number in the red box. It shows how many kWh of electricity it will use in one year. The lower the number, the cheaper it will be to run.

Washing machines also have a Water Rating label – again, the more stars, the more efficient.

Water rating stars

The blue water consumption box tells you how many litres of water the washing machine uses each load and the capacity of the machine.

Buying an energy efficient washing machine or dryer

Go for a washing machine with at least a 3.5-star energy rating and 4-star water rating.

Front-loader machines generally use less water and less energy than a top-loader.

Washing machine and dryer energy hints

Cold water is gentler on clothes and saves electricity.

Some washing machines have shorter or eco cycles which can use less energy.

Use the sun to dry your clothes.

Clean the dryer’s lint screen.

Dry similar items together.

Use the Energy Rating Calculator

The Energy Rating Calculator is a tool that helps you calculate running costs. Compare the energy use and likely whole of life costs of different machine models.


When replacing your washing machine or dryer, consider recycling the old one. Search Recycling near you to find your closest recycling point.