South Africa’s Department of Energy Launches an Appliance Energy Calculator App

Boitumelo Sehlake/ May 1, 2018/ Energy Education/ 0 comments

The Department of Energy in South Africa have really taken Energy Efficiency to the next level by launching an Appliance Energy Calculator. The free Appliance Energy Calculator app has been developed by the Department of Energy with support from Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The DoE first launched labeling of Appliances with Energy Efficiency labels in 2016. This started off with refrigerators and moving on to labeling other electrical appliances such as:

  • washing machines,
  • dryers,
  • air conditioner,
  • tumble dryer,
  • light bulbs,
  • electric ovens and
  • dish washing machines.

There have been campaigns in attempt to educate the consumer on how to read the labels to enable one to make well informed decisions when purchasing electrical appliances. However, this has been limited to only 4 cities in the country. This app is fantastic in that it is available for free and can be downloaded in Google App Store, it is not yet available on iStore.

How the App works:

The Appliance Energy Calculator App allows you to compare Efficiency and Operating costs of appliances. The app asks you to provide information such as purchasing price and annual energy consumption(kWh) for the two appliance you are comparing. The information is on the South African Energy Efficiency Label attached to the appliance in-store. Furthermore, the app requires you to provide cost of electricity in your municipality (unfortunately suburbans will be more). The results are summary tables that compare the two appliances’s estimated costs and their estimated CO2 emissions per year and over ten years.

This really allows the consumer to project the running costs the appliance will have on his/her house hold per year and the contributions to green house gas (GHG) emissions kg’s of CO2.

I believe this further allows the consumer to contribute to lowering the CO2 emissions and to be energy efficient effortlessly.

Read more on the DoE new Energy Efficiency website: https://www.savingenergy.org.za/appliance-

energy-calculator-app/

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