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EECA drops Energy Star rating for appliances

The Energy, Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has revealed it will retire the Energy Star label at the end of this year.

The blue star sticker is available to be displayed on appliances that are more energy efficient.

It is licensed by EECA in New Zealand, from the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency.

EECA’s efficient products manager Eddie Thompson said a review had shown that consumers prefered to use the Energy Rating Label which lets consumers compare the running cost of appliances, with a star rating.

“Energy Star was a great addition to EECA’s tool box back when we started using it in 2005. In 2017 we have regulation to remove the worst performing products from the market.”

Regulation now covers 24 products and appliances compared to 12 in 2005, Thompson said.

EECA is also developing an online tool that will give people information about the most energy efficient products that have been regulated in New Zealand.

In most households, water heating is responsible for 28 per cent of the bill, space heating another 33 per cent and appliances 27 per cent. Lighting and cooking are just 7 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively.

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