FPB Home Assessment Tool

Energy Smart

The great thing is that being more energy efficient in the home is not only kinder on the environment but kinder on your pocket too.

Lighting

I have efficient bulbs in every room of the house I have efficient bulbs in my living areas and kitchen I have no energy efficient efficient lamps in my home

Well done!

Did you know that simply replacing your incandescent light bulb with an energy saver bulb will not provide you with the best combination of light output and energy savings? Match energy saver bulbs with purpose-designed fittings to realise true energy-efficient lighting. Additionally, installing a Solatube Daylighting System will greatly reduce artificial daytime lighting requirements in your home.

You could save $21.00 - $210.00

Standard incandescent light bulbs are extremely inefficient, wasting 95% of their energy as heat, with only 5% converted into visible light. Changing out the most frequently used bulbs in your house to energy-saver bulbs is a good start, but for the best savings and greatest efficiency you will need to replace the light fitting with an energy-efficient model as well.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $84.00 - $210.00

Standard incandescent light bulbs are extremely inefficient, wasting 95% of their energy as heat, with only 5% converted into visible light. Changing out the most frequently used bulbs in your house to energy-saver bulbs is a good start, but for the best savings and greatest efficiency you will need to replace the light fitting with an energy-efficient model as well.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


I have fittings specifically designed for energy saver lamps in every room of the house I have fittings specifically designed for energy saver lamps in my living areas and kitchen I do not have fittings specifically designed for energy saver lamps in my home

Well done!

Using a fitting designed specifically for energy saver lamps ensures that you get the best light output and the best energy savings. Also, installing a Solatube Daylighting System can greatly reduce artificial daytime lighting requirements in your home.

You could save $84.00 - $210.00

You could be saving up to $500* on your energy bill by adopting a whole house approach to energy efficient lighting.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm. **There are two quick ways to check: 1. If you replaced an old style incandescent lamp with an energy saver lamp then it is highly likely that your fitting is not designed specifically for these lamps. 2. With recessed downlights if you see that your energy saver lamp protrudes out of the fitting it is highly likely that the fitting is not designed specifically for these lamps.

You could save $84.00 - $500.00

You could be saving up to $500* on your energy bill by adopting a whole house approach to energy efficient lighting.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm. **There are two quick ways to check: 1. If you replaced an old style incandescent lamp with an energy saver lamp then it is highly likely that your fitting is not designed specifically for these lamps. 2. With recessed downlights if you see that your energy saver lamp protrudes out of the fitting it is highly likely that the fitting is not designed specifically for these lamps.


Yes No

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Did you know that using your dimmers not only saves electricity, it extends your bulb life too? Dimming your lights by just 10% more than doubles the life of your bulbs.

You could save $25.00 - $75.00

Most dimmers cycle the light on and off 120 times per second – faster than your eye can detect - which saves energy when the lights are lowered. Occupancy sensors ensure that lights are automatically switched off whenever rooms are empty.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Appliances

Yes No I don't know

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To keep your energy-efficient fridge working at its peak, regularly vacuum dust off the condenser coils and clean out the drain hole and condensation drip pan.

You could save $50.00 - $80.00

Fridges and freezers make up around 15% of your total household power bill. An EnergyStar® qualified fridge or freezer is up to 30% more efficient than a non-qualified model.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No N/A - I don't have/use a dishwasher

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Only run your dishwasher when you have a full load. Half fill your sink with water when cleaning vegetables or washing smaller loads of dishes - running the tap can waste up to 14 litres per minute!

You could save $25.00 - $45.00

There are 800,000 dishwashers in New Zealand. If each of these were EnergyStar® qualified models, we would save New Zealand $40 Million in electricity annually.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No I don't know

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To save even more electricity - and money - buy detergents specially designed to work best in cold water and use only cold water to wash your clothes

You could save $30.00 - $55.00

An energy efficient washing machine not only saves you power, but also water. An EnergyStar® washing machine can save you more than 11,000 litres per year.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No N/A - I don't use a clothes dryer

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The healthiest and most efficient way to dry your clothes is still outside, in the sun, so do so when weather permits. Consider installing racks for clothes hangers over your dryer and when weather is bad, dry clothes enough to get the wrinkles out, then hang them on the racks to finish drying.

You could save $20.00 - $80.00

All dryers are sold with energy rating labels which will show you how much electricity that dryer will use in a year. Newer dryers are more energy efficient than older models. The most energy efficient use dryness sensors which shut the dryer off when the load is dry.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No

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To save yourself time, install "Future Switches" in your home - these allow you turn turn off a group of appliances with just one switch. In New, Zealand, these handy devices are available from Right House. Remember to turn off lights as you leave the room as well, or install occupancy sensors to do it for you automatically.

You could save $50.00 - $100.00

New Zealand homes spend around $130M per year on home electronics and appliances on stand by. There are many no-cost ways to save power - it is all about changing your habits. Many appliances (particularly those you turn on and off with remotes) are using power even when they're not in use.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


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If you have insulation meeting the new building code requirements, you may be eligible for a grant of $500 to improve the heating of your home. Visit www.energywise.govt.nz for more information.

No Yes - I have an EnergyStar rated second fridge Yes - I have an older model second fridge

Well done!

Did you know you're saving up to $300 per year in electricity by not having a second fridge?

You could save $120.00 - $200.00

A second fridge can add up to $300 to your annual energy bill. Switch it off! For free fridge pick-up and recycling call 0800 37 2335 or visit www.energywise.govt.nz.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $200.00 - $300.00

A second fridge can add up to $300 to your annual energy bill. Switch it off! For free fridge pick-up and recycling call 0800 37 2335 or visit www.energywise.govt.nz.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


No Yes N/A - I don't have/use heated towel rails

Well done!

You're saving yourself a bundle! Remember to keep your bathroom well ventilated so your towels and the room can dry out thoroughly.

You could save $85.00 - $170.00

Only use your towel rails when needed by using a timer. What could you do with the $85-$170 you could save each year by using towels rails for four hours a day instead of all day long?

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Insulation

Yes No Maybe
Nearly 60% of our homes have inadequate ceiling and underfloor insulation. Your underfloor must be accessible (i.e. more than half a metre off the ground) to be able to put in new insulation.
Nearly 60% of our homes have inadequate ceiling and underfloor insulation. Your underfloor must be accessible (i.e. more than half a metre off the ground) to be able to put in new insulation.

After 2007 Between 1979 and 2007 Before 1978

Well done!

Your home insulation meets current building code requirements. You may be eligible for a $500 ENERGYWISE™ grant to further improve the heating of your home. Find out more when you complete the assessment.

You could save $100.00 - $400.00

Most homes built before 1978 have no wall insulation (up to 317,000 homes in Auckland alone). From 2007, changes to the building code meant increases in the minimum level of insulation in housing. If your home was built before the year 2000 but does not have adequate insulation, you may qualify for assistance under the government's Warm Up New Zealand scheme.

*Savings depends on your standard of insulation and your type of heating. Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $200.00 - $600.00

Most homes built before 1978 have no wall insulation (up to 317,000 homes in Auckland alone). From 2007, changes to the building code meant increases in the minimum level of insulation in housing. If your home was built before the year 2000 but does not have adequate insulation, you may qualify for assistance under the government's Warm Up New Zealand scheme.

*Savings depends on your standard of insulation and your type of heating. Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Heating

Comfortable Still too cold

Well done!

Once a year, carry out underfloor and in-ceiling checks to make sure your insulation has not sagged and is still in place to keep the heat in and the cold out.

You could save $200.00 - $600.00

There are many efficient ways to heat your home, depending on personal comfort and where in New Zealand you live - when you upgrade your insulation to the required standard, you may also be eligible for a $500 ENERGYWISE™ grant towards a clean heating solution.

*Savings depends on your standard of insulation and your type of heating. Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No

Well done!

Make sure to have your heat pump or flued gas heater serviced by a professional at least once a year to keep them working at peak efficiency.

You could save $200.00 - $300.00

Heat pumps and flued gas heaters are amongst the most efficient heating sources. If used correctly, a thermostat will save you money. If you have a heat pump, be careful to use the timer to turn it on just before you come home, rather than leaving it running all day. A heat pump run all day and night over winter could cost you around $660 a year to run, while using a timer would reduce the same cost to around $360.

* Savings estimated based on a 180m2, 3 bedroom, 4 person home.


Yes No

Well done!

Fitting your heat distribution system with a timer or thermostat will save you even more money and power.

You could save $100.00 - $200.00

Heat can be distributed from central living areas to other parts of your home through ducts or with the use of a heat recovery ventilation system. Using heat efficiently throughout the home makes it healthy and more comfortable to live in.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Solar Gain

Yes No

Well done!

Make the most of it - in winter, make sure you close your drapes or blinds every night before the sun drops below the horizon to better retain the heat of the day.

You could save $200.00 - $400.00

Did you know natural light is healthy for you? Without it, our bodies cannot produce vitamin D. Making use of the natural energy of the sun is also the cheapest way to reduce your energy costs. Every two square metres of north-facing window can bring in as much warmth as a one kilowatt heater. That's $230 of heat for 6 hours a day, 6 months of the year. Consider speaking to an energy efficiency expert about other ways to maximise the efficiency of your home.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Water Heating

Solar Hot Water Unit Wet Back (with your own free fuel) Heat Pump Water Heating Instant Gas Source or Gas Storage Heating Electric Water Cylinder N/A - I live in the South Island

Well done!

This can be an efficient way of heating your water. However the most effective system depends on the number of people in your household and their habits. It is useful to understand your peak water usage, whether your water use fluctuates and the cost of energy in your region. Make sure your hot water system is maintained annually to perform at its best. If you are not confident doing this yourself, use a certified plumber.
Harnessing free resources such as the sun's rays, heat from the air or, in winter, using a wet-back in addition to your usual system (if you have your own source of well-seasoned wood and an efficient wood or pellet burner) to heat your water can save you money and it's environmentally responsible too.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

Harnessing free resources such as the sun's rays, heat from the air or, in winter, using a wet-back in addition to your usual system (if you have your own source of well-seasoned wood and an efficient wood or pellet burner) to heat your water can save you money and it's environmentally responsible too.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $500.00 - $600.00

Harnessing free resources such as the sun's rays, heat from the air or, in winter, using a wet-back in addition to your usual system (if you have your own source of well-seasoned wood and an efficient wood or pellet burner) to heat your water can save you money and it's environmentally responsible too.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $450.00 - $700.00

Harnessing free resources such as the sun's rays, heat from the air or, in winter, using a wet-back in addition to your usual system (if you have your own source of well-seasoned wood and an efficient wood or pellet burner) to heat your water can save you money and it's environmentally responsible too.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Instant Gas Source or Gas Storage Water Heating Solar Hot Water Unit Wet Back (with your own free fuel) Electric Water Cylinder Heat Pump Water Heating N/A - I live in the North Island

Well done!

This can be an efficient way of heating your water. However the most effective system depends on the number of people in your household and their habits. It is useful to understand your peak water usage, whether your water use fluctuates and the cost of energy in your region. Make sure your hot water system is maintained annually to perform at its best. If you are not confident doing this yourself, use a certified plumber.
The most efficient method of heating your water depends on the number of people in your household and their habits. Heat pumps suitable for colder South Island conditions are beginning to be introduced. An A-grade electric cylinder on night-store rate can be extremely affordable but will restrict when hot water is available.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

The most efficient method of heating your water depends on the number of people in your household and their habits. Heat pumps suitable for colder South Island conditions are beginning to be introduced. An A-grade electric cylinder on night-store rate can be extremely affordable but will restrict when hot water is available.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $330.00 - $640.00

The most efficient method of heating your water depends on the number of people in your household and their habits. Heat pumps suitable for colder South Island conditions are beginning to be introduced. An A-grade electric cylinder on night-store rate can be extremely affordable but will restrict when hot water is available.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $120.00 - $280.00

The most efficient method of heating your water depends on the number of people in your household and their habits. Heat pumps suitable for colder South Island conditions are beginning to be introduced. An A-grade electric cylinder on night-store rate can be extremely affordable but will restrict when hot water is available.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No, but my cylinder is wrapped No N/A

Well done!

Take your energy savings further: Install flow restrictors on your taps and showerheads. If a family of 4, who take showers from 5-10 minutes each, replace a 20 litre per minute showerhead with a 9 litre per minute one, they will save $650-$1,300 off their water heating bill (assuming electricity costs 23c per unit).

You could save $100.00 - $130.00

Look for the manufacturing date stamp on the side of the cylinder. Electric water cylinders made from 2004 onwards have built-in insulation so are up to 30% more efficient than earlier models. Wrapping an older cylinder can reduce hot water costs by up to 20%.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.

You could save $150.00 - $300.00

Look for the manufacturing date stamp on the side of the cylinder. Electric water cylinders made from 2004 onwards have built-in insulation so are up to 30% more efficient than earlier models. Wrapping an older cylinder can reduce hot water costs by up to 20%.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No

Well done!

To be more efficient in your use of hot water, avoid using it for short periods of time. Use cold water instead. Since the hot water has a distance to travel before it comes out at the tap, energy is wasted heating up a cold pipe for a short period of time.

You could save $40.00 - $75.00

Lagging (wrapping in insulation) or using thermally efficient (made from polypropylene, for example) hot water pipes saves energy by reducing heat loss.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Windows

Yes No

Well done!

Close your drapes or blinds every night before the sun drops below the horizon to better retain the heat of the day.

You could save $200.00 - $500.00

The cost of installing double-glazing in a new home or retrofitting it in an existing home is reducing rapidly while energy costs are constantly increasing, meaning double-glazing makes more sense financially every day.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


Yes No

Well done!

In winter, make sure you close your curtains or blinds before the sun drops below the horizon to retain the heat of the day. In summer, close them against the suns rays at the hottest part of the day to keep your home cooler.

You could save $100.00 - $200.00

In addition to double-glazing, window coverings increase the thermal efficiency of your home.

*Savings estimated based on a 4-person, 3 bedroom home of 180sqm.


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