Energy Rating Labels (ERLs) contain information about the amount of energy that a household appliance uses in a year, along with a star rating to indicate its energy efficiency. The star rating enables you to compare different models of the same appliance and determine which one will give you better value in the long-term. The more stars an appliance has, the more energy efficient it is.
Beneath the star rating on the ERL is the appliance's yearly energy consumption in kWh. The lower the number, the less electricity the appliance uses and the cheaper it will be to run.
One fridge may cost significantly more than another, but have a much higher star rating than the cheaper model and consume far less energy per year. In this case, it could be more cost-effective for you to purchase the fridge that costs more, as the energy you conserve over the course of several years will end up saving you a lot more - all while reducing your environmental footprint.
The EECA believes this compulsory label is more influential on consumer purchases than the ENERGY STAR® mark. Therefore, this one's going to stick around once the ENERGY STAR® mark phases out.