Washing machines can last for more than 10 years, so it's important to buy the most energy efficient washing machine that suits your needs.
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The energy rating label helps you compare the energy efficiency and running costs of different washing machines. Washing machines are rated for both energy efficiency and water efficiency, and this information is represented on separate labels.
The star rating is shown in the red band at the top of the label and can range from 1 to 6 stars. Every extra star could save you 25 per cent of your washing machine’s energy use on a warm cycle. The more stars, the more energy efficient your washing machine will be, and the lower the running costs.
Compare the star ratings at the top of the energy rating label, then use the number in the energy boxes in the middle of labels to find the annual energy use of the washing machine when used once per day on the normal warm wash cycle. When you buy a new washing machine, use the Energy Rating Calculator to help you choose a machine with as high a star rating as possible.
To improve your household's energy efficiency, buy a washing machine with at least a 3.5-star energy rating and 4-star water rating.
Some washing machine labels also have a blue box, and this shows the annual energy consumption of the washing machine when used once per day on the cold wash cycle. As 80–90 per cent of the energy used by a washing machine goes toward heating the water, washing machines use a lot less energy on the cold wash cycle.