The Australian government has appointed Anna Collyer, a lawyer, to review the national standards for energy and water efficiency of appliances.
The terms of reference are here. It will consider:
"submissions from, and consultations with, business, consumer groups, the community and relevant Commonwealth, New Zealand, state and territory agencies;
the reports and outcomes of recent reviews in relation to GEMS, such as the 2014-15 Review of the Inter-Governmental Agreement for the GEMS Legislative Scheme and the 2016-17 GEMS Fees Review. "
The review is to be delivered to a federal government Minister by 'mid-2018'.
The government advertisement is here.
A couple of ideas the review may wish to consider include:
- The base load and operating loads of induction cooktops are presently outside the standards and that’s a major gap which I suggest the review close;
- The energy efficiency website has been ‘dumbed down’ and made less useful because it’s harder to compare products on it now: see here.
For the last 21 years my three bedroom house near Sydney's Central Station and the CBD has had energy and water bills less than $300 a year, including when the kids were young and the washing machine went every other day.
It’s easy to have low bills, anyone can.