Contact Energy (NZ) Helping Businesses to Manage Energy

01 May 2005Archived News Energetics in the News

An energy management tool for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) could help those businesses make significant energy savings, potentially resulting in up to a 15 per cent reduction in energy costs.

Contact Energy is working with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) New Zealand and Energetics to launch "Energy Challenger", a web-based tool designed by Energetics to help businesses better manage and reduce their energy consumption.

Energy Challenger is delivered by Contact as a free to use tool and will be available from the "For Business" section of Contact's website,, from today.

"Energy Challenger is a simple, quick and convenient way for our business customers to take control of their energy consumption and better manage their energy costs," says Contact Energy sales and marketing manager Cory Franklin.

"Many of the energy efficiency recommendations are low or no-cost and will not only help to lower the power bill but can do much to improve comfort, productivity and safety".

EECA chief executive Heather Staley says, "Energy Challenger will help make SMEs more energy efficient.

"With the introduction of the carbon tax in 2007, it's also a way for SMEs to offset the impact of the tax, as most businesses can achieve savings on energy costs of up to 15 percent," says Ms Staley.

Australasia's only wallpaper manufacturer and Contact Energy customer, Pacific Wallcoverings, piloted Energy Challenger. Pacific Wallcoverings has already adopted a strategic approach to energy management but Energy Challenger has helped them to identify further energy saving opportunities.

"Energy Challenger is an excellent management tool. It showed us that we are managing our energy consumption well but, because of the depth of advice it offers, we got some further suggestions to improve efficiency," says manufacturing manager Neil Macdonald.

As a result of using Energy Challenger, Pacific Wallcoverings has incorporated energy efficiency into its purchasing policy so all buyers for the company use energy efficiency as a buying determinant.

The tool is targeted at businesses with an energy spend of between $50,000 and $500,000 per annum. Although there have also been benefits shown for businesses that spend up to $1,000,000 on energy per annum.

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