22 March 2016

New Zealanders are choosing to buy more efficient models and benefiting from minimum energy performance standards, according to latest data on the sale of products and appliances.

Sales data collected in the year to the end of March 2015 shows increased use of efficient products saved New Zealand more than 209 gigawatt-hours, which translates to $50m in savings to consumers. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, this is about the amount of CO2 produced by 10,000 New Zealand cars over a year.

More than seven million appliances and products subject to labelling and regulation were sold during the 2014/15 financial year. They included heat pumps, televisions, computers, whiteware and more than four million certain types of light bulbs.

Since the E3 program began in 2002, energy efficiency labelling and regulation have influenced sales of 54 million products, creating $560m in savings to New Zealand, and saving the carbon produced by more than 300,000 cars in a year.

The success of the program is backed up by a recent study examining energy use in New Zealand 2000-2030, commissioned by E3. It found energy use in the average New Zealand household has fallen by 10 percent since 2000, even though households use a growing number of appliances and gadgets every day.

Find out more

- Efficient appliances a bright spot in our carbon challenge Mike Underhill from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority gives his views on this good news.

- EECA Energy savings under E3 More detailed information on energy savings per product category.