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Info about Energy Efficiency in Victoria

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Info about Energy Efficiency in Victoria

When renovating, or simply spring cleaning, why not go for the energy efficient option? Energy and water efficient appliances not only save the environment, but they save money on your bills.

But how do you go about making sure you are making the right choices as a consumer? The Victorian Government is launching a new campaign called ResourceSmart to provide information about energy and water efficient appliances. This information will be available in over 300 major retailers across the state, handy for when you hit the shops.

Victorian Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Gavin Jennings, said the $2.4 million ResourceSmart retail initiative helped customers compare the environmental performance and running costs of household appliances and lighting.

“Household appliances account for 61 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions from a typical Victorian household,” Mr Jennings said.

“This program ensures consumers get the right advice at the right place to make informed decisions on how to minimize their impact on the environment.

“This program now makes it easier for people to buy products that save energy and money.”

Participating appliance, lighting and hardware retailers include AGL Energy, Beacon Lighting, Bunnings, Camberwell Electrics, Clive Peeters, ELGAS, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Mitre 10 and Origin Energy.

“Research shows that a significant number of shoppers make up their minds about purchases when they are in the store,” Mr Jennings said.

“The ResourceSmart retail initiative will train retail sales staff to advise customers about the energy efficiency of the appliances available in store.

“Customers will also find brochures and easy to use calculators showing the greenhouse gas and water savings made by choosing higher efficiency products.

“For example, choosing a five star fridge instead of a model with four stars will avoid about two tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – or 40,000 black balloons – over its lifetime.”

On hand to help launch the campaign was Fountain Lakes’ smartest white goods retail salesman, Brett Craig (Kath and Kim’s Peter Rowsthorn) who said he was happy to give his expert advice to customers.

Participating retailers will work with Sustainability Victoria to track the volume of sales of efficient appliances.

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