According to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) of New Zealand, the uptake of energy efficient appliances saved $24 million NZD for both businesses and consumers last year.
“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,” said Standards and Regulations Manager Eddie Thompson.
New minimum energy performance standards, devised between Australia and New Zealand, removed the worst performing products from the market. Analysis of sales data shows over six million energy efficient appliances were sold in the year ending March 2017. Since the transtasman programme began in 2002, New Zealand has saved $848 million NZD and cut 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions. Some of the biggest gains in energy efficiency have come from improvements in the energy efficiency of domestic fridges, commercial and domestic heat pumps, fridge-freezers, and storage heaters.
Retailers have also reported that sales of CFLs have declined, with consumers shifting to LED light bulbs. A new LED light bulb costs from $8 NZD (£4.30) and can provide a saving of up to $20 NZD (£10.70) per year.
With the money from levies collected from the engine fuel, electricity and gas sectors, the EECA is proposing programmes such as new technology demonstrations, a low emission vehicles contestable fund, an electric vehicle information campaign, collaborations with large energy users, investing into making commercial buildings more efficient, and a programme to regulate the energy efficiency of appliances.EECA | eeca.govt.nz