14 ways to save energy on Tomorrow Street

14 ways to save energy on Tomorrow Street
February 26, 2014

As part of an 18-month trial, Genesis Energy turned some typical New Zealand streets into the country’s first advanced energy neighbourhood.

The 15 families who made up Genesis Energy’s Tomorrow Street had the opportunity to test a variety of exciting energy-saving products in their homes and Genesis Energy followed them through the journey to see what effect these products would have on their lives and energy bills.

Some interesting results came through during the course of the trial, none more so than a lack of sufficient insulation in 14 of the 15 houses. But then all the houses in Tomorrow Street were pre-1978 and were built without sufficient insulation.

Genesis Energy were also able to trial hot water heat pumps at a number of the households. These dramatically reduced energy consumption for the families, replacing inefficient electric cylinder systems that were responsible for approximately 30% of all the energy used in their homes.*

PV Solar systems also offered dramatic reductions in household energy use. The 2kWH arrays installed in a number of the houses were sufficient to cover standard household use during peak daylight hours. As the panels require no moving parts they only need minimal maintenance to provide predictable, measurable energy production for years to come.

For more information about Tomorrow Street visit genesisenergy.co.nz/tomorrowstreet

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*Data sourced from Energywise.govt.nz

 

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