Our programmes

Our programmes encourage people to be more energy efficient, reduce carbon emissions and switch to renewable energy at home, at work and on the road.

Residential programmes

The residential sector (excluding transport) is responsible for about 11% of New Zealand’s total energy use and 7% of energy-related emissions. Improved energy efficiency helps households save on their power bills and can improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes

This programme makes homes warmer, drier and healthier through retrofitted insulation. Its current focus is rental properties occupied by low-income tenants.

Since it began in 2009, more than 290,600 homes have been insulated directly with the assistance of EECA funding (Annual Report June 2015/16).

Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes - ENERGYWISE website

Energy Spot

The Energy Spot series of TV advertisements is EECA’s most effective awareness-raising tool. They cover a range of consumer topics including power saving, water heating, appliances, vehicles, efficient driving and tyre pressure.

In 2015/16, the Energy Spot reached 69% of New Zealanders, and 37% of viewers were inspired to take action as a result, with actions taken ranging from turning off appliances and lights when not in use, to installing energy efficient light bulbs or draught stopping in winter.

The Energy Spot - ENERGYWISE website

Product standards and labelling

We regulate energy efficiency standards and labelling for products and appliances such as fridges, washing machines, dryers and computer equipment. This means that the worst-performing products are kept out of the New Zealand market, and that you can compare products by looking at the energy labels.

Energy labels - ENERGYWISE website

Business programmes

Businesses in New Zealand account for about 50% of New Zealand’s total energy use, and produce more than 40% of New Zealand’s energy-related carbon emissions.

EECA works with a diverse range of businesses all across New Zealand. We take different approaches to help them with energy management, based on their scale of energy use.

Largest energy users

EECA account managers work closely with large businesses and organisations across New Zealand to find long-term solutions to their energy management challenges. They help staff to understand how improved energy management can add value across the whole business. While saving energy and reducing carbon emissions, businesses also save money and typically see increases in productivity, staff engagement and improved health and safety.

Medium-sized energy-using businesses

EECA account managers work with these businesses directly and through approved energy management experts to deliver advice such as energy management planning, energy audits, energy monitoring and targeting programmes, and initiatives to optimise energy systems.

Medium-to-small energy-using businesses

We provide practical energy management advice by working with industry associations and making tools, calculators and information easily available on the EECA Business website.

Programmes, funding and support - EECA BUSINESS website

Transport programmes

Transport accounts for almost 40% of New Zealand’s energy use. With almost 100% of vehicles fossil-fuelled, the sector is responsible for more than 40% of our energy-related carbon emissions and about 17% of our greenhouse gas emissions.

Electric vehicles programme

The Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme aims to double the number of electric vehicles on New Zealand roads every year until they make up 2% of our fleet (64,000 cars by 2021). As part of the package, EECA is running a Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, and delivering an EV information and promotion campaign.

Electric vehicles - ENERGYWISE website

Vehicle fuel economy labels

We administer the vehicle fuel economy label, which helps people make informed decisions about the vehicles they buy.

 Vehicle fuel economy labels

Fuel efficient tyre programme

The Fuel Efficient Tyre programme, which launched in October 2014, is an information campaign to increase consumer awareness and uptake of fuel efficient tyres.

Fuel efficient tyre programme - ENERGYWISE website