The benefits of HEET in your community

By: Heet  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Energy Efficiency


Energy efficiency is a positive way to enhance the economy of small towns by returning energy dollars to the community for other use. The retrofit of 2,148 homes through Project 2BH has resulted in an estimated energy savings of up to 12,315, 200 kWhs per year.  At 18c/kWh this results in nearly $2,142,000 in saved “energy dollars” each year - $2,142,00 that is then available for householders to spend otherwise, further stimulating the economy.


Evidence shows that cold, damp housing is a major contributor to the incidence of chronic respiratory disease.  Such health impacts not only detrimentally affect the well being of these families, they create a financial drain on already limited resources.  We have documented significant health improvements for occupants with chronic respiratory illness after a energy efficiency retrofit has been carried out.  A recent study by the Wellington School of Medicine quantified the annual health savings from full home retrofits at approximately $210 per annum per household.  Considering HEET has retrofitted 2,148 homes, home occupants are saving over $451,000 per annum in health costs.


Through Project 2BH, HEET have been able to offer training and employment to over 20 people, some of whom were previously long term unemployed.  Through the creation of these job opportunities, we have brought money back into the economy of the community and increased individual self esteem, while creating role models for others.

Environmental Benefits

The cumulative kWhs saved through the installation of energy efficiency measures effectively displaces electrical generation required nationally and equates to a savings of 38,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Through this decreased reliance on generation, this project contributes towards a reduction in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, thus resulting in better air quality and a reduction of negative environmental impact nationally.

Our Proof is in the work we do!

If we invest $2,400 in a house what will be the average savings for an average pre-1977 New Zealand home?

Up to $1000 per year (or $83 a month).  The simple paybacks on energy efficiency measures range from less than a year to about four years – but it's worth it!

These are simply financial benefits and do not take into account the health and wellbeing benefits associated with a warm comfortable home.

Estimated costs are based on an average house of 120 m2.  Costs will vary depending on the unique characteristics of each house.

Energy savings will vary depending on the type, age and location of the house, the number of occupants and the lifestyle they choose to enjoy.  Energy savings are based on a marginal energy cost of 19 cents per kWh for home heating and 10 cents per kWh for water heating.

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The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Energy Efficiency

Other products and services from Heet


HEET use recycled fibres and plastics to insulate your home

From hollow fibre polyester ceiling blanket with a high 'R' value to new R1.4 compressed slabs for the underfloor made from recycled fibre and plastics, your home can be insulated quickly, easily and effectively. As a NOT FOR PROFIT organisation we are also able to provide a competitive home insulation service for families that may not qualify for a fully subsidised service.



Either ceiling and or under floor insulation must be installed in each house with other measures available such as hot water cylinder wrap, lagging, moisture barrier and draught stops on doors. Are you willing to benefit from a 60% subsidy that the NZ Government is offering so that these rental properties can be better insulated.


HEET is the leading Home insulation in the Waikato

Our team of fully-trained installers will make the required improvements to your home, and you will come home to a drier, warmer and healthier home. It is a Government-funded initiative and the scheme is managed by EECA with the support of a range of service providers such as HEET. Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart provides a package of insulation and heating improvements for more families than ever before.


The places we insulate

We can also work out the most crucial items you need now, and some things that you could have installed later. Install insulation in the roof cavity to reduce the amount of heat loss. Now that's a lot of insulation, which means a lot of heat loss STOPPED. When we make a house warmer and drier - we do the whole lot. Install cylinder wraps to reduce hot water costs.


WEL Energy Trust

If you would like to apply, simply give us a call 0800 433 844 and we'll get things moving so you can live in a warmer, drier home with good insulation. WEL Energy Trust and HEET are committed to assisting more families in the WEL Networks area. You must hold a current Community Services Card.