Energy efficiency in New Zealand

We’re responsible for advising the Government on energy efficiency policy for New Zealand. EECA is responsible for implementing programmes to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes and business.

Energy efficiency policy includes Warmer Kiwi Homes and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

Warmer Kiwi Homes

Warmer Kiwi Homes is a new 4-year government programme offering grants covering two-thirds of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation.

Additional contributions from community organisations will make the cost to homeowners as low as possible in many areas. Grants covering two-thirds of the cost of heating appliances will be available from July 2019 (these grants will be capped).

For more information, including eligibility, see EECA’s Energywise website: Funding for insulation - Warmer Kiwi Homes(external link)

Minimum energy performance standards

Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and energy rating labels help improve the energy efficiency of our products, and help consumers to choose products that use less energy.

Many products are covered by the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002. These products must meet or exceed set levels for energy performance before they can be sold to consumers.

MEPS and energy rating labels are developed jointly with Australia under the Trans-Tasman Equipment Energy Efficiency programme.

Setting energy performance levels creates a more efficient range of products for consumers to choose from by:

  • encouraging manufacturers to continually improve the efficiency of their products
  • preventing poorly performing products from being sold
  • improving the average efficiency of products available here.

For more information, see EECA's website page on the regulations(external link).

Regulatory impact statements

As a policy agency, we’re responsible for preparing regulatory impact statements, which:

  • summarise the impact on New Zealand of any proposed changes to regulations
  • accompany Cabinet papers that seek Cabinet's agreement on policy changes.

Recent regulatory impact statements and Cabinet papers are available below.