By upgrading whitegoods, and disposing of obsolete fridges and freezes, it possible to realise large residential energy savings
Domestic whitegoods account for a large portion of residential energy use. By upgrading these products to more efficient models it is possible to make large energy savings.
Eligible energy savings activities
Purchase of a new, high-efficiency clothes washer, dishwasher or refrigerator or freezer, is eligible for the creation of energy saving certificates.
All products must meet a minimum Energy Star Rating to be eligible to create energy savings certificates. This activity can be conducted by retailers who provide additional discounts from the sale of the eligible products, or as a third party providing cash back for purchased products.
Calculating savings using the Default Savings Factor
Each type of activity is assigned a Default Savings Factor in megawatt hours (MWh). This can be converted to certificates once the Accredited Certificate Provider has evidence of the whitegood purchased.
The Default Savings Factor is based on the energy star rating of the products and the normal energy demand. High-energy star ratings and bigger product are awarded a larger Default Savings Factor than lower rated and smaller products. This reflects the deemed energy savings.
Destruction of fridges and freezers
Energy savings certificates can also be created for the removal and destruction of refrigerators and freezers that were manufactured before 1996. To create energy savings certificates for this type of activity, the Accredited Certificate Provider must demonstrate that the fridge or freezer had a capacity of greater than 200L and that the refrigerant was disposed of in an appropriate manner.
The Default Savings Factor is based on the type of disposed fridge or freezer and the original use category:
- destruction of a spare refrigerators or freezer in working order and regular use
- destruction of a primary refrigerator or freezer and replaced with a high efficiency equivalent.
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Accredited Certificate Providers who sell and/or install energy efficient appliances are eligible to create and sell energy savings certificates. The additional income from energy savings certificates may allow you to sell products at lower prices to your customers.
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