Orewa homes reduce energy by 50%

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A group of homes in Kensington Park, Orewa, have shown to be successful in reducing their annual energy consumption to an average of 30% less than a normal house, with two reducing energy use by an amazing 50%.

The homes, which each received a full Right House solution, were monitored for energy use and temperature over a year-long period in order to produce accurate results.
Right House chief executive Hamish Sisson says the results of the Kensington Park homes are fantastic news for the business and the consumers involved.
“These are the first official year-long monitored results to come through on homes with a full Right House solution, and we are thrilled with the results. Some of the houses proved to have an even greater saving than predicted,” Mr Sissons says

Kensington Park home owner Graeme Barlow, whose house came in at 50% reduced energy consumption compared to a normal home, says he is thrilled with all aspects of the Right House solution.

“I think it is a great thing that we not only live in an energy-efficient home that saves us a lot of money, we also live in a home that is extremely comfortable and warm, which is very important to my wife and I.
“I would have to say I have been most impressed with the solar heating, but I know my wife couldn’t live without her new induction cooker. It provides instant heat, saves power and is incredibly safe,” he says.

The Right House solutions consisted of solar heating with electric boost, insulation (50% greater than minimum Building Code levels), full slab and perimeter insulation, double glazing, one or two air-to-air heat pumps, induction cooktops and energy-efficient CFL lighting.

Results showed savings mainly came through the solar water heating system, higher insulation and heat pump.
The houses which are part of the Kensington Park development in Orewa were stand-alone, two-storey buildings, and all had a very similar layout.