NZ wins with more efficient heat pumps
Thanks to 10 years of focussed work, New Zealanders have access to more energy efficient heating than ever before. In 2004, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), in conjunction with the E3 Program, set Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for heat pumps, also known as Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners. This removed the worst performing products from the market. MEPS levels were then increased in 2007, 2011 and 2013. MEPS have done the heavy lifting to improve heat pump efficiency, with support from a number of other initiatives. These include an installation guide which has led to better heat pump sizing and quality, and programmes to improve the heat retention of homes. With access to more efficient heating, New Zealanders can better afford to heat their homes. A win all round!
From the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority in New Zealand