WA Government prosecutions

Rick Hart Discounts fined

AN electrical discount store has been fined $3,000 for failing to display energy efficiency labels on some of its appliances.

Hi Fi Corporation (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as Rick Hart Discounts in Karrinyup, was convicted last week of breaches of the Electricity Act and was fined $3,000 with $457.70 costs.

Director of Energy Safety Albert Koenig said Electrical Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes dryers, washing machines and domestic air conditioners must display the star rating labels.

"Failure to comply with this requirement carries a maximum fine of $20,000," he said.

"The energy efficiency label lets the buyer know how much electricity could be expected to be used during a year and displays a number of stars to indicate the energy efficiency of the appliance.

"This allows a potential buyer to compare the running costs of different brands and make an informed decision, taking into account not just cost but energy efficiency."

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