New minimum energy performance standards have been approved for airconditioners, refrigerated display cabinets, distribution transformers & domestic refrigerators.
All but the domestic fridge standard will take effect from 1 October. The fridge standard will be introduced on 1 January.
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority chief executive Heather Staley estimated today the standards would give businesses & households up to $50 million in energy savings over 10 years.
The measures are part of the Appliance & equipment energy efficiency forward programme 2004-05, which sets out 28 product classes and recommends options for improving their energy efficiency.
“These standards will identify types of equipment & appliances which are more energy-efficient. By using electricity more efficiently, New Zealand can delay the need to build new power stations,” Ms Staley said.
The 28 product categories include water heaters, refrigerators, lighting & solid fuel heaters.