NEW ZEALAND — New Zealand is the latest country to get in on the power-saver revolution, with supermarkets and petrol stations now offering the new packs as part of their offerings.
Power-savaging packages are an attempt to reduce energy consumption and cut CO2 emissions, while also saving money on the petrol price.
They can cost from $50 to $300, depending on how much power they’re used for, according to the Energy Information New Zealand (EINZ) database.EINz estimates that New Zealanders spent $17.4 billion on fuel last year.
A report from the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that New Zealander consumption of power-saving measures is expected to increase by 1% in 2020, to 9.3 million.
The Energy and Resources Ministry is working to bring the packages to market.
It says they are a “key part of New Zealands ambitious new energy transformation” and are being rolled out by all petrol stations and petrol retailers, which include gas stations.
The packs come with a “one-time savings” of up to 20% on fuel and other charges when purchased onsite.
They come with energy efficiency measures and include a 10% discount on electricity.
Einz says that the prices of the new power-pack packages have fallen by 40% since the end of 2015, and that the company predicts they will fall further.
Power-savvy consumers are encouraged to buy them online.
Some retailers are also offering the packages, but there are still some big hurdles.
The National Farmers Union has warned that the plans to introduce the packages will lead to price increases and could even be a cost-cutting measure.
Power is expensive to supply in New Zealand, and in January the New South Wales government launched a trial program to give households more power to save on fuel costs.
In a letter to the State Government, the National Farmers union said the pilot program would cost consumers an average of $1,764 in extra fuel costs over the course of the trial period.
The letter was sent after the State Opposition said it was going to introduce a package of measures that would make it “very difficult” for small businesses to provide power to their customers.
Power will also be cheaper in some other markets, according the union, which said a 30% discount would be offered for customers of small and medium-sized enterprises in Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory.
It also warned that some retailers are not yet prepared to offer the powerpacks to customers in these areas, including those in Tasmania.
The New Zealand government said it expects that about 1 million people in the country will be buying the powerpack packages by the end in 2020.