$24 million savings from energy efficient appliances

Uptake of energy efficiency appliances saved $24 million for New Zealand consumers and businesses over one year, according to new data from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Standards and Regulations Manager Eddie Thompson says analysis of sales data shows 6.1 million energy efficient appliances were sold in the year ending March 2017.

“Savings from the uptake of energy efficient appliances over one year in New Zealand are equal to the energy used by 25,000 homes. The reduction in carbon emissions is equivalent to taking 37,780 cars off the road each year.”

Mr Thompson says New Zealand works closely with Australian regulators on minimum energy performance standards which remove the worst performing products from the market.

“This approach harmonises standards across both countries, with significant benefits to New Zealand.

Since the trans-Tasman programme began in 2002, 66 million energy efficient products have been sold with savings to New Zealand of $848 million – along with carbon reductions of 1.4 million tonnes.

Some of the biggest gains in energy efficiency have come from improvements in the energy efficiency of heat pumps and domestic fridges, Mr Thompson says.

He advises consumers to use the Energy Rating Label on appliances in stores to compare running costs and find the most efficient appliances.


Appliances included in the data

Appliances included in the data include commercial and domestic heat pumps, fridge freezers, storage heaters and CFL lights. For a full list of appliances visit www.eeca.govt.nz/standards-ratings-and-labels/equipment-energy-efficiency-programme/products-under-the-e3-programme/

Have the number of appliances sold increased compared to the previous year?

The actual number of appliances sold in the year ending March 2017 is about the same as the previous year. Heat pump and fridge freezer sales increased but sales of CFLs have declined, with retailers reporting people moving to LED light bulbs (EECA does not collect data on LED sales).


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Domestic fridge freezer sales








Trans-Tasman partnership

The trans-Tasman E3 Programme raises the energy efficiency of residential, commercial and industrial products sold in New Zealand and Australia through minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and energy rating labels, which apply under regulation. For more information: www.eeca.govt.nz/standards-ratings-and-labels/equipment-energy-efficiency-programme/

Limitations to the existing methodology

It is difficult to estimate the electricity use for some products, such as external power supplies and these products have been excluded from the calculations. EECA also does not collect data on LED sales. Therefore the total energy savings reported under the programme are conservative.


Fridge freezers

Depending on the model you choose, the running cost of a new fridge/freezer over a 10 year period could be between $600 and $2,000.

LED light bulbs

A new LED light bulb costs from $8.00 and can provide a saving of up to $20 a year in running costs compared to an incandescent bulb (including purchase price).

Energy Rating Labels

Energy rating labels give consumers information on how much energy a product uses and a star rating so they can compare similar models. The labels are found on all whiteware, heat pumps and televisions.

Note to Editors

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is the Crown agency that encourages, supports, and promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable energy in New Zealand. EECA provides information to households through ENERGYWISETM www.energywise.govt.nz and to businesses through EECA BUSINESSTM www.eecabusiness.govt.nz

Media enquiries:

Penny St John, Senior Communications Advisor, EECA

Phone: 027 687 3123

Email: penny.stjohn@eeca.govt.nz

Sarah Barnett, Senior Communications Advisor, EECA

Phone: 021 474 674

Email: sarah.barnett@eeca.govt.nz