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WHAT DO THE LABELS MEAN? n New Zealand, there are two different kinds of energy labels o look for when shopping for products and appliances. Energy rating labels give you information on how much energy a product or appliance uses. The energy rating label makes it easy for you to compare the energy efficiency of similar appliance models. Simply – the more stars, the more energy efficient. Every new whiteware appliance, heat pump and television sold n New Zealand displays this label. ENERGY STAR® is the global independent mark of energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR® mark is awarded to qualified products and appliances with superior energy efficiency. These ualified products and appliances meet stringent criteria or energy efficiency and do not compromise on quality or eatures. ENERGY STAR is endorsed by the Energy Efficiency nd Conservation Authority (EECA) and backed by the New Zealand government. appliances you already own, there are some simple ways to money on power bills. Use dishwashers and washing machines settings if they have them, and ensure appliances are in good g order. Fridges and freezers that still require it should be manually ted regularly, and door seals should be intact. Old fridges and s can be big energy wasters, costing as much as two or three more to run than newer models. off appliances when they’re not needed. Heat pumps and heated ails are prime suspects. To avoid using power unintentionally and g up big bills, you could consider using thermostats and timers. dby electricity can trickle away slowly and steadily. If the light or s on, it’s using power. Turn it off at the wall when it’s not in use. Fridges and freezers are the most energyintensive home appliances, accounting for 11% of the average home’s energy use