Systems optimisation

Cost effective savings are often possible by making better use of existing plant and equipment. By recalibrating equipment so that it meets the needs of building occupants and production demands, significant energy savings can be achieved.

What's on offer

EECA’s systems optimisation programme can be utilised by commercial and industrial sites whose energy systems energy spend totals at least $150,000 per year.

EECA’s Programme Partners can assist in optimising the performance of the following types of systems:

  •     HVAC systems
  •     Lighting systems
  •     BMS systems
  •     Process heat (boilers, furnaces, steam and hot water systems)
  •     Compressed air systems
  •     Refrigeration systems
  •     Pumps and motors


These systems can be significant energy users across both industrial and commercial sectors. Systems optimisation focuses on tuning and recalibrating existing equipment, as opposed to purchasing new equipment. EECA can contribute to the cost of specialists that will undertake such tuning.

In some instances significant gains can be achieved by adding additional sensors and feedback systems (e.g. display panels or dashboards) to existing control systems. EECA is able to support such activities provided they deliver sufficient savings. The Systems optimisation programme cannot be used to purchase/replace control systems e.g, lighting control systems or building management systems.

Boiler tuning

For every dollar you spend on tuning your boiler, you can save up to $30 on your energy bill. We can help with the cost of introducing and locking-in a 6-monthly boiler tuning schedule.

For greatest savings, boilers should be tuned at least every 6 months. Many businesses have annual maintenance programmes, but only tune boilers once a year. Good tuning adjusts the boiler’s air-to-fuel ratio to get maximum fuel efficiency. It’s a simple process that takes a couple of hours and can cut up to 25% from your energy bill.

Technical guide: boiler tuning [PDF 407KB]

Related programmes:

Knowing whether your existing system is running efficiently is a key energy management principle and there is little value in tweaking a system that operates near its peak performance. To get the best value from the Systems Optimisation programme it may be best to utilise some of the following options first:

  • Energy Audits – to benchmark site/system efficiency
  • Monitoring & Targeting – to measure existing energy performance for a site/system   and measure the improvement
  • Design Advice Programme:    
    • 2c: Commissioning buildings
    • 2d: Post-occupancy review


- Improved thermal comfort
- Reduced maintenance
- Greater visibility of energy use (sometimes)

EECA may fund up to 40% of the cost of optimising a system, up to a maximum of $100,000.

For boiler tuning, EECA funding can cover up to 40% of the costs of each 6-monthly boiler tune-up. We’ll fund up to $5,000 a year per site for tuning boilers, which can be solid, liquid or gas fuelled. You’ll also get a savings report and suggestions on how to be more efficient. You must commit to 6-monthly tunings over a 2-year period.

Heating, ventilation & air conditioning
Building management systems


Who should apply

Your site must have energy systems using a minimum total of $150,000 of energy per year.


To qualify, your project must deliver a guaranteed level of energy savings. Our funding is usually enough to ensure the project meets your investment criteria.

Generally, EECA doesn’t fund projects with a payback of less than 2 years, as we expect businesses to fund these themselves. EECA funding is aimed at getting cost-effective projects over the line without over-funding.

How to apply

Our experienced Programme Partners will advise you about funding, the best system for your building and help you to install and run it.

Programme Partners


  Services available
Location: 410 Colombo Street, Christchurch
Contact: Simon Ross
Phone: 03 366 3521
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Deta Consulting Ltd    
Location: PO Box 3210, Christchurch, 8140
Contact: Johnathan Pooch
Phone: 03 377 6510
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Location: PO Box 44-121, Lower Hutt, 5040        
Contact: Frans Plugge        
Phone: 04 566 3666        
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Enercon - Linetech             
Location: 210 Hazeldean Road, Addington, Christchurch, 8023    
Contact: Sam Roose         
Phone: 03 384 7905        
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Energy Solution Providers (ESP)    
Location: 10-14 Upper Queen Street, Newton, Auckland
Contact: Jeremy Allen
Phone: 09 309 9482
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Energy Action   
Location: C/- Total Utilities, Suite 8, 267 Pakuranga Road, Auckland, 2010
Contact: Pushkar Kulkarni
Phone: 09 600 5678
Mobile: 021 273 4337
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Location: 264 Mt Eden Road, Auckland
Contact: Michael Coates
Phone: 09 623 5214
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Jackson Engineering Advisers Ltd
Location: Auckland, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Dunedin
Contact: Rowan Hains
Phone: 09 378 8736 / 06 870 1300 / 03 474 9338

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Location: Building B, Level 1, 26 Vestey Drive , Auckland, 1060
Contact: Stefan Botha
Phone: 09 526 4395
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Vacuum Pumps NZ Ltd  
Location: 4b Piermark Drive, Rosedale, North Shore City, 0632
Contact: Tony Long

Phone: 0800 822 767
Mobile: 027 293 4996
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Advance Boiler Services            
Location: 101 Duke St, Dinsdale, Hamilton 3243        
Contact: Tejinger Pal Singh                  
Phone: 07 847 1821        

  • Boiler tuning only
Combustion Control            
Location: 266 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland      
Contact: Brett Oldfield        
Phone: 09 634 1610        
  • Boiler tuning only
DTZ - A UGL Company            
Location: Auckland      
Contact: Tom Kelly        
Phone: 021 758 624        
  • Boiler tuning only
Eastern Boiler Services                               
Location: Hastings       
Contact: Jayson Scott       
Phone: 0800 2645377       
  • Boiler tuning only
Energy Plant Solutions            
Location: 31 Glenburn Road, Palmerston North, 4470        
Contact: Brendon Stephenson        
Phone: 06 326 9444        
  • Boiler tuning only
Gas, Oil and Combustion Services            
Location: 11 Murray Street, 3200, Hamilton        
Contact: Neil Lunniss        
Phone: 07 848 1636
  • Boiler tuning only
Nu Way Energy NZ            
Location:  123 Cryers Road, East Tamaki , Auckland        
Contact:  Paul Bowie        
Phone:  0800 689 296        
  • Boiler tuning only
RCR Energy            
Location: 960 Omahu Road, Hastings, 4120        
Contact: Phil Morrell        
Phone: 0800 727 8326        
  • Boiler tuning only