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Sarah Free on the work of the Energy Advice service

  1. 1. <ul><li>Sustainability Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Energy Management </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 2003 as a charitable trust </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is to enable well being for people and the planet through practical services, specialist advice and community engagement. </li></ul><ul><li>Active in the Wellington Region on a range of issues including energy, water, waste, transport and gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with approximately 3000 households per annum </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Insulation and Heating (Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme) </li></ul><ul><li>Home Energy Advice Centre </li></ul><ul><li>Community Outreach, Workshops and Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Curtain Bank (opening June 2010) </li></ul>How does the Sustainability Trust engage households in energy management?
  3. 3. Sustainability Trust insulated 1180 houses in the last year Around 200 houses also had more energy efficient heating installed.
  4. 4. The “before” pictures……
  5. 5. The Home Energy Advice Centre carried out 32 presentations to community groups last year Measuring water flow from shower head Curtain making workshop with migrant women Climate Change Day of Action
  6. 6. Since its inception in 2008 the Home Energy Advice Centre has carried out 1848 phone or email consultations with individual households and 130 on-site Home Energy Checks
  7. 7. Source: HEEP Study Year 10 (2006)
  8. 8. Where heat in the home is lost
  9. 9. Key Actions <ul><li>Insulation and draught proofing </li></ul><ul><li>Measures to alleviate damp </li></ul><ul><li>Effective, energy efficient heating </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing standby energy </li></ul><ul><li>Finding the best energy plan (off peak rates may suit some) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What motivates people to save energy? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you help them take action for change? </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Main motivations: </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing costs </li></ul><ul><li>Being more comfortable </li></ul><ul><li>Improved health for themselves or close family member </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping up with the Joneses </li></ul><ul><li>Saving the planet? </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of detailed information </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertain about benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of Improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Too much effort </li></ul><ul><li>Others? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Estimated Cost and Annual Savings Draught stopping doors Energy Saver Light bulb Low-flow shower head Cylinder wrap & lagging Thermal Curtains Switching off appliances Underfloor Insulation* Ceiling Insulation* <ul><li>$10-$30 $30-$70 </li></ul><ul><li>$5 per bulb $14 per bulb </li></ul><ul><li>$100-$150 $70 </li></ul><ul><li>$80 $100 </li></ul><ul><li>$100-$250 $30-$60 </li></ul><ul><li>$0 $50 </li></ul><ul><li>$800-$2200 $50-$250 </li></ul><ul><li>$800-$1400 $150-$400 </li></ul>Estimated Cost Estimated annual savings
  14. 14. Running Costs of Different Heating Options Source: Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority, February 2005
  15. 15. Conclusions <ul><li>major improvements are expensive, </li></ul><ul><li>tailored expert advice can help with the decision making process </li></ul><ul><li>the Home Rating Tool will help measure added value </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>October 2009 Opus Survey </li></ul><ul><li>400 randomly selected clients: </li></ul><ul><li>94% of clients made some changes to their household after contacting the HEAC </li></ul><ul><li>68% “more confident” after speaking to an advisor </li></ul><ul><li>30% of clients reported that their energy bills had decreased as a result of the advice </li></ul><ul><li>56% reported an improvement in comfort </li></ul><ul><li>24% reported an improvement in health of someone in the household </li></ul><ul><li>55% had already recommended the service to others </li></ul>
  17. 17. For further information: Home Energy Advice Centre Free, Impartial, Expert Advice 0800 388 588 Sustainability Trust 04 389 3400
  18. 18. <ul><li>Thanks for your attention! </li></ul>