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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 418. Updated Tuesday, 15 July 2014

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Energy app to fuel smart savings
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A free energy rating app for smartphones is designed to help households and businesses save money on their power bills.

Developed with the support of the Department of Industry, it displays power use over the life of an appliance in dollars, rather than kilowatt hours, enabling consumers to choose the most energy-efficient appliance.

Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane said the app showed people what the energy rating meant financially and by adding the estimated total power cost to the purchase price, people could see what they were actually saving.

Free help to save on power bills

"Australian households and businesses can now more easily choose energy-efficient appliances that save money on their power bills," Mr Macfarlane said.

He said the app used data from the trusted and widely-recognised Energy Rating Label, a joint industry and Government program that had helped people buy energy-efficient appliances for more than a quarter of a century.

Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull said the Government was encouraging Departments to release their high-value datasets to app developers and the broader community through data.gov.au, the Australian Government's one-stop shop for open data.

He said many new Government datasets had been released in readiness for GovHack 2014 over the past weekend when more than 1,000 budding developers competed for prizes for creating innovative prototype apps.

Further information on datasets can be found at this PS News link and on GovHack here.

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