EECA helps New Zealanders improve energy use at home through a number of residential initiatives, that include information provision, funding, and regulation.
Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes
This is a three-year programme that began in 2013. It offers free ceiling and underfloor insulation for low-income households, particularly families with children and high health needs. It's expected to insulate around 46,000 additional houses over the next three years. Find out more about Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes.
Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart
The Healthy Homes programme follows on from Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart - a four year programme that ran from 2009 - 2013. From an initial target of insulating 188,500 New Zealand homes, the programme has managed to insulate 235,000 for the same budget of $347 million.
Product standards and labelling
EECA carries out regulation of energy efficiency standards and labelling for products and appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dryers and computer equipment. This ensures the worst-performing products are kept out of the New Zealand market, and that consumers can compare the energy use of products and appliances they buy. Learn more about the products programme.
The RightLight campaign uses information provision and advertising to encourage consumers to find energy efficient lighting alternatives that serve their needs, across both residential and business. RightLight activities are funded through the energy efficiency component of the electricity levy. The RightLight campaign was started by the Electricity Commission, before its merger with EECA, and is now incorporated into EECA's work. Read more about lighting on the ENERGYWISE website.
A big part of helping people make better choices about their energy use at home is giving the information they need when making energy-related decisions. EECA's ENERGYWISE information programme uses the ENERGYWISE website and other channels such as brochures, advertising and media releases to provide independent, reliable information about their energy choices.
This includes everything from home building and renovations to how to choose and use appliances, lighting, cars, and so on.
The ENERGYWISE website provides information and advice about all the energy you use in your house and vehicles.
The Energy Spot
The Energy Spot is a television segment that brings the energy efficiency message to the mainstream audience. It has been on air since 2009 and has been viewed by around 2.4 million New Zealanders, with a massive 41% saying they have taken action to reduce energy use as a result. Watch the Energy Spot videos.