Marlborough woman wins energy efficient car in Energywise competition

Marlborough woman Claire Lambert is the proud driver of a Honda Civic Hybrid car for a year, thanks to her winning entry in a recent ENERGYWISETM competition.

Over 18,000 entered the competition which is part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) national campaign to encourage kiwis to be more energy efficient in their day-to-day lives.

The IMA Hybrid supplied by Honda uses around a third less fuel than a conventional vehicle of the same size. The IMA system combines petrol and electric engines - reclaiming wasted energy to generate and charge the vehicle’s internal energy supply.

"We moved to the South Island about eighteen months ago with plans of doing a lot of travelling around sightseeing, so the Hybrid will be ideal for us. Also my husband travels a lot between Picton and Havelock for work, so it will also be a fuel saving there" says Claire Lambert.

"Personally I think it's great we are making vehicles cleaner and more environmentally friendly, every bit helps."

"All New Zealanders can benefit from using energy wisely. It is not about giving things up but making good choices at home, at work and on the road" says Pat Murray, EECA Marketing and Communications Manager.

"Choosing an energy efficient car like the Honda Civic Hybrid car will mean lower fuel bills. The Honda Hybrid was the supreme winner of the AA ENERGYWISE™ Rally in 2008, costing the least to run over the whole rally.

"On top of that, the way a car is driven makes a huge difference to the amount of fuel used. Anyone can be a more fuel efficient driver no matter what the vehicle. This is the sort of practical information provided by the ENERGYWISE campaign and demonstrated in the AA ENERGYWISE™ Rally."

The ENERGYWISE competition ran from January to August 2010, with monthly prize draws for energy efficient products, and all entries going in the draw for the major prize of the Honda Civic Hybrid car. Each entrant had to answer a question relating to a monthly energy efficiency tip, to go in the draw.