There will be significant savings to households on their electricity bills due to the planned phasing out of inefficient halogen light bulbs. The average Australian household will be around $650 better off over 10 years by changing from inefficient halogen lamps to minimum standard LED lamps.
On 20 April 2018, the COAG Energy Council agreed to further improve lighting energy efficiency regulation by phasing out inefficient halogen light bulbs in Australia and introducing minimum standards for LED light bulbs in Australia and New Zealand in line with European Union (EU) standards.
The phase out will remove remaining incandescent light bulbs and a range of halogen light bulbs from the Australian market, where an equivalent light bulb is available. Timing of the new regulation will align with revised EU minimum standards that will apply to LED light bulbs (planned for September 2020). Read more here.
The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program is managed by the Australian and New Zealand Governments in collaboration with the States and Territories. The program helps to improve the energy efficiency of a range of electrical appliances.
The E3 website contains a range of tools and resources to assist energy consumers make informed decisions when purchasing dryers, fridges, dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, light bulbs and TVs /computer monitors including:
- Information about the Energy Rating Label – http://energyrating.gov.au/label
- Links to the Energy Rating Calculator App and the Lightbulb Saver App – http://energyrating.gov.au/apps
- An online Energy Rating Calculator – http://energyrating.gov.au/calculator