Fisher & Paykel and Noel Leeming are energy stars
Two New Zealand appliance companies have been awarded for their commitment to making energy efficiency and lower running costs a fundamental part of their business.
Fisher & Paykel and Noel Leeming Hawera are the winners of the energy efficiency categories in this year’s Wares Awards which celebrate excellence in retail and supply in New Zealand’s appliance and consumer electronics industry.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), which sponsors the energy efficiency categories, awarded Fisher & Paykel as the ENERGY STAR® Supplier Partner winner. ENERGY STAR® is a global mark of energy efficiency for appliances and products.
EECA’s Chris Forsman says Fisher & Paykel has made energy efficiency and the ENERGY STAR® an intrinsic part its product development and marketing.
“Fisher & Paykel is registering an increasing number of ENERGY STAR® qualified products across a wide range of appliances and is working closely with retailers to make sure those products are available in stores.”
Video - Fisher & Paykel accepting the award for ENERGY STAR® Supplier Partner.
The winner of the ENERGY STAR® Retailer Partner Award is Noel Leeming Hawera. Mr Forsman says Noel Leeming was awarded for championing and promoting ENERGY STAR® qualified products to customers on-line and in-store.
“Noel Leeming Hawera has trained sales staff to communicate information about the value of energy efficiency to customers – the store’s commitment starts right at the top.”
Mr Forsman says more customers are factoring the long-term running costs of a product into their purchasing decisions and how much they can save by buying an energy efficient model.
“For example, the running cost of a new fridge/freezer over a ten year period could be between $600 and $2000, so it’s important to consider more than the upfront cost of the product,” Mr Forsman says.
EECA says more than seven million appliances and products subject to labelling and regulation were sold in the year to the end of June 2015. This saved consumers $50 million and 29,000 tonnes of carbon.
Video - Finalists of the ENERGY STAR® Supplier Partner award.
Video - Finalists of the ENERGY STAR® Retailer Partner award.
EECA’s energy efficiency programme includes the Energy Rating Label and ENERGY STAR®, which help shoppers factor in energy efficiency when they buy new appliances, as well as Minimum Energy Performance Standards, which keep poor-performing products out of New Zealand.