All companies can reduce overheads, gain competitive advantage and boost profits by improving their energy use. But energy efficiency has particular relevance for tourism, where customers demand a good environmental track record. The industry is further ahead than most in adopting energy efficiency - and if Kiwi operators take action to improve their energy efficiency, they'll benefit from a stronger business and more satisfied customers. As tourism is our second biggest export earner, all New Zealanders benefit from a strong tourism sector.
A great example of a home built with energy performance in mind is the 'Little Greenie' in Golden Bay.
Little Greenie, designed and built by Lawrence McIntyre, is the highest rated energy efficient house in the country (9/10 stars) and provides exceptional levels of comfort with heating bills of less than $70 per year.