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NZ Plans To Start Shaming ‘Energy Wasters’

From New Zealand’s Press:

Aircraft may spot energy wasters


The Christchurch City Council says it may "shame" people into more energy-efficient ways by using an aircraft with infra-red imaging to identify poorly-insulated houses.

The proposed aerial thermal imaging map is part of an ambitious plan to slash Christchurch’s $1.6 billion annual energy bill and cut energy use by every city resident by 9 per cent.

The scheme will be rolled out this winter.

The $1.6b annual bill, or $4300 per person every year, includes direct fuel costs and indirect costs included in the price of consumer goods.

The 10-year, $6.6 million energy plan includes a $240,000 scheme to target poorly insulated homes via a heat-sensitive eye-in-the-sky.

The infra-red camera, on an aircraft, will take a photograph of Christchurch and identify homes with particularly poor insulation, so householders can be given insulation advice.

The plan also includes initiatives to introduce free parking for energy-efficient cars in the next month, subsidise building consents for solar water-heating systems and introduce interest-free loans for home insulation from July.

The plan will be funded by about $4m raised through selling carbon credits to British Gas in 2006.

Council energy manager Leonid Itskovich said the thermal-imaging map could shame people into improving energy efficiency.

"People will be shamed and will have to do something about insulation," he said.

"As soon as we do the thermal imaging, the map will be available for the public."

The plan aimed to cut growth in energy use from 18.8 per cent between 2008 and 2018 to just 0.04 per cent, said Itskovich.

There is also an ambitious target to boost renewable energy use by a quarter and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 16 per cent for every resident.

"The increase in the use of our energy is unsustainable and we must take immediate action to reverse the trend," he said.

"It is only by the actions and attitudes of the people that we can achieve a flat-line growth."

The car-parking scheme will offer owners of hybrid, fuel-efficient and alternative-energy vehicles one-hour free parking in council-owned parking buildings.

Itskovich said this would cost about $25,000 a year and could be introduced in the next month. A list of eligible vehicles would be published by the council.

The consent fee for installing a solar hot-water system will be reduced from $550 to $350 under plans out for consultation. The subsidy will cost about $30,000 a year.

The interest-free loans for home insulation would be up to $4000 and would be paid back over 10 years. The loans would be run by the council, Environment Canterbury and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). The council would borrow the money and EECA would pay the interest on the loan, ensuring no cost to the ratepayer.

The proposal is included in ECan’s 10-year spending plans, which are out for consultation.

The energy-saving plans were passed by Christchurch City councillors in 2007, but implementation has been delayed.

Of course if “shaming” doesn’t work, harsher methods will be found.

Meanwhile, we guess we can scratch New Zealand off our list of places to find refuge from overweening government busybodies.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “NZ Plans To Start Shaming ‘Energy Wasters’”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Shame?! What are they gonna do, ground their sheep?

    (I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it).

  2. proreason says:

    It’s a brave new world.

    Coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

    But at least we have Obamy to make the decisions on what is wastful or not. NZ must be in a quandry without the smartest man alive to decide things for them.

  3. Odie44 says:

    Oddly enough – my best friend and his wife bought property there last year – and due to the Bambi “wealthy witch hunt” were looking to move to NZ, in fact just booked his tickets on Sat for a month “tour”.

    I sent him this article and he has no idea what to do…

  4. jobeth says:

    Let me see…ummm…If they would ground that ENERGY HOG AIRPLANE…that might be enough to compensate for the energy loss of the houses losing a bit of heat below it!

    Who’s going to shame THEM?

    Oh sorry, forgot…it’s another govenment thing…even over there, where THEY can waste, but not the average guy….who pays their wages.

    • canary says:

      yes, and would people using different insulation, or people not using energy on a particular flight, or making more flights to patrol improvements? Or will they drive around cars and use hand infra equipment, or visiual inspection. How many trees will be cut to mail notices, and to give everyone a map?

      Canada says now that they took the soap out of the soap, they use twice as much water and are afraid the fish might die.

  5. Howard Roark says:

    The New Zealander’s were famous for shooting their indigenous people, the Aborigines, like they were jackrabbits all the way until the 1950’s. Something tells me that this politically-correct bs of infrared-spotting of wasteful energy usage is some kind of hyper-critical reaction to the guilt they incurred for their centuries-long misbehavior.

    • DGA says:

      Umm, no Howard, we didn’t shoot our indigenous people, the Maoris (Abos are from Australia) since the European/ Maori wars over a hundred years ago.
      On this very topic, I am from NZ, and have started contacting relatives and friends back there to see if the business climate is any better than it used to be. NZ lost a lot of it’s skilled and non welfare collecting workforce, including me, to other countries 20 years ago and had a tough time recovering from it. In the nineties they set up a deal for the ex Hong Kong Chinese with $100K in a bank account to come and live there, trying to stimulate their workforce and small business. Along with quite a few other countries, NZ has elected a semi right wing government and seem to be trying to break away from their socialist policies of the past. I’m not giving up hope quite just yet, and comparing that business climate to the democrat’s destructive economic death spiral, NZ is way ahead right now I think.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      DGA! An Aussie told me once seagulls fly upside down over NS cause their’s nuthin’ worth crapping on. With the changes you note, hopefully there is now!

      Good to see your comments. I had A beer once with a Kiwi. He dropped dead of a heart attack after the first one. Hasn’t happened since. Most times, we wind up just leavin’ them curled up on the sidewalk next to their building with a couple spares.

      Good people the Kiwis!

    • Howard Roark says:

      You’re right, DGA–I called them Aborigines, and I was wrong. Mea culpa.

      Your claim that there have never been shootings against the Maori’s since over 100 years ago, though, is hard to verify, of course. After all, why are the Maori still so willing to wage war against the white NZ’s under a banner of “protecting their own”? If they weren’t being subjected to the same general kinds of treatment that the “Abos” were, by the same types of Europeans who were just a few miles away in Australia, then why have they been saying such recent killings occured in the first place?

      Here are some articles on how the Maori have reacted to the NZ’s who have never killed or hunted them since over 100 years ago:

      Look, we here in America know all too well what it’s like to never be able to escape misdeeds from over 100 years ago. However, if you, a person who is from NZ, tell me that it has never been a case that white farmers in NZ ever fired upon aggressive natives in this past century, I guess I’ll have to take your word for it.

    • DGA says:

      The Maoris are a PITA nowdays though, we gave them darn good beads and blankets for their land many years ago and now that the beads are all lost and the blankets have many holes they all seem to want their land back! Honestly, Maori rights have grown exponetially in thae last years, they are trying to get rights to ALL shores and waterways, fishing they say, and have become a real problem. One of my sisters says she’s out of there if they go too far, but now that the leftist govt. has been tossed there might just be some hope, well, I’m hoping anyway.

      It would cost me a lot of money to uproot my business and home here in the US, and I’ve worked damm hard on achieving the American dream for myself and others along the way. I’m almost there, only to get screwed by obama and his commie buddies in congress. But, rather than let it all slip away, what I’ve worked so hard for for over 15 years now, no way will I let them do that to me. I’ll jam everything I have in 40′ sea containers and go back, if I think all hope is lost. Not giving up on the US yet though.

      Funny RB, a lot of my friends in NZ all went to Australia, then realised that it was no improvement and came home again. NZ has it’s problems, but for the most part is a very pretty country, with a lot of decent people. kiwi’s used to have a ‘do anything with nothing’ attitude years ago, I know there’s not that much of that left these days, but the seeds of it are still there. For a really good primer of life in NZ awhile back, rent “The world’s fastest Indian” on DVD, it’s how one of my brothers STILL lives….

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      “kiwi’s used to have a ‘do anything with nothing’ attitude years ago,”

      So did Americans at one time DGA. Some still do but no where near the numbers that used to.

  6. BillK says:

    If I lived in NZ, I’d install heat lamps in my attic, aimed at the roof…

  7. VMAN says:

    Leave it to the government in NZ or anywhere to come up with a hair brained “scheme” like that. I gotta tell this one. The place where my oldest daughter works recently took the microwave out of the break room to reduce their “carbon foot print”. Well now, instead of bringing something to work that they can heat in the microwave, they all drive their cars to a restaurant to eat. That worked well huh.

  8. annabetsy says:

    I am so sad. This was my country of choice where I would escape to when things were just no longer bearable here in my beloved America. I guess we stay and fight.

  9. Howard Roark says:

    Wow. All this talk about how disappointed some are that NZ suddenly isn’t the bright prospect anymore for evacuation. I hear the reasons, of course. Some of you have been here for the economic promise of an American Dream, and now that it’s beginning to be threatened, suddenly you’re eyeing NZ and maybe other countries. Believe me, I share your disappointment in this latest threat.

    But I’m not here to “grow my business”. See, my Scots-Irish people have been here for over two hundred years, and I’m one of those Appalachian hillbillies who is quick to say, “love it or leave it.” My people haven’t owned any businesses or even gone to college. I feel kinda plain and simple next to all of you business-types who see America as a great place, because your reasons for saying that are different from mine.

    I mean, here I was, thinking this mythical Atlantis we know of as America was worth fighting and dying for because of its unique promise. I still get goosebumps when I think about how my people stayed in those Virginian mountains after the Shawnee raided and “brain’d” our infants in the Draper’s Meadow Massacre of 1755. I was raised knowing that nothing worthwhile comes easy.

    I guess I need to wake up and realize that not everyone has the same love affair with the “Virginia Gentleman” image I grew up learning about. My reasons for cherishing my homeland are much deeper than my bank account. The pieces of paper I want to give to any offspring I may have in the future aren’t currency or stock portfolio…but dream-like ideals etched in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill Of Rights.

    The great prophets I want to stand in defense of are Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Madison, Paine, and Henry. I consider it an honor to be just a part of the Army that protected the memory of these men, what they sacrificed all for, and what we have done with it since.

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