Water efficiency rating, energy star rating and cost (price) were the three main factors considered by households across Australia when replacing or buying major white goods. Energy star rating ranked first when replacing a refrigerator (50%), separate freezer (46%) and clothes dryer (45%). Water efficiency rating ranked first when replacing/buying a washing machine (49%). However energy star rating was considered more important than water efficiency rating when replacing/buying a dishwasher (48%) (table 5.15). Cost was considered most important when replacing/buying a heater (40%).