Climate change is at the forefront of trends, conversations, and a key focus for modern and smart businesses. Appliances and the amount of energy they consume is also an important part of this discussion. So what about heat pump energy consumption?

Residential energy use is the largest use of energy consumption in New Zealand, so what are we using in our homes that contribute to this?

Is it heating our homes that make residential electricity use at the top of the list or is it something else?

And, whatever it is, how can we manage it better to reduce the negative impacts on our environment.

The environment and electricity use in New Zealand

There have been many reports that focus on where we use energy the most.

In New Zealand electricity accounts for 24% of our country’s energy use. Whether it is heating systems like a heat pump, retail packaging, clothing and more, businesses are actively seeking ways on how they can reduce their carbon footprint. You can help by choosing to use products with less energy consumption ratings.

“Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.” – Sir David Attenborough

New Zealand as a whole only uses 0.15% of the world’s energy resources. But that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to keep our energy usage down. You may be wondering how you can do your bit to help reduce New Zealand’s carbon footprint, reduce emissions and help save the environment.

energy use climate change

How much electricity are you using in your home?

Now let’s take a look at energy use within our homes – what’s the biggest usage?

  • Space heating 34% 
  • Hot water 29% 
  • Other appliances 13% 
  • Refrigeration 10% 
  • Lighting 8% 
  • Oven 6%

New Zealand Energy Mix

No surprises here that it’s heating.

Heating your home uses the most electricity or energy on average for New Zealanders. And that is something everybody can reduce. 

There are many different types of heating available to kiwis. But if you want to take the impact on the environment seriously then you need to look closely at not only your heating sources but how you use them. 

How a heat pump reduces energy consumption

It’s no secret that heat pumps are good energy-efficient systems for heating or cooling your home. 

Mitsubishi Electric advanced technologies are targeted at lowering the impact of its heating and cooling systems on the environment. And it doesn’t stop there, they consciously look at how their production and manufacturing can be better managed for the benefit of the environment.

However, we need to be realistic here because it is not just about the model of heat pump you have, but about how you use it.

Heat pump energy consumption will depend on many factors and the star energy rating system is helpful in choosing one that uses less energy. Remember to pay attention to the settings you use and use it sensibly. The New Zealand Government has a helpful calculator you can check out here that helps you to work out approximate running costs for a variety of appliances in your home including heat pumps!

We’ve talked in the past about the best ways and the recommended temperature settings you should use to reduce the electricity consumption of your heat pump to save money. When you use your heat pump correctly you also reduce the negative effects on the environment.

In a report by the European Union Energy Commission, they state:

“One of the most promising technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is provided by electric heat pumps. Heat pumps offer an energy-efficient way to provide space heating and preparation of sanitary hot water”.

And more recently,

“Heat pumps have been identified as a technology that can contribute to the European Commission’s renewable energy and climate targets. EC


Imagine if everyone switched to an energy-efficient heating or cooling system.

Heat pump energy consumption – take a step in the right direction

The smart thing to do is to seriously consider the facts.

How can you be part of the reduction of energy usage by switching to a better heating or cooling system?

Whether it is in your home or your business there are ways you can commit to creating a better environment. And even though it may seem like a small step installing a heat pump or energy-efficient heating system – just remember it is ‘A’ step.

We are happy to help answer any questions you might have about making the switch to a heat pump or a Mitsubishi Electric heating/cooling system. Get in touch with us to find out more or book a free no-obligation quote.