Awaura Synergy - Warming and eco-powering our deep south Awaura Synergy - Warming and eco-powering our deep south

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About Awarua Synergy and our journey

Our Partners

Our Partners

We’re proud to work in partnership with a number of organisations, associations and entities committed to improving lives and living conditions in Southland and Otago You can explore our partnerships here, and find out more about some of the great results our partner organisations are achieving for our community:

Southland Warm Homes Trust

Awarua Synergy is proud to delivery in partnership the Southland Warm Homes Trust project. The SWHT works in partnership with local funders and government to provide subsidies for insulation across the Deep South region.

The SWHT was formed in 2008 by the Southland Power Trust and Electricity Invercargill Limited. The SWHT, in association with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), offers support for warmer, healthier homes by providing insulation and heating assessments and retrofits for Southland homes. The Trustees of the Southland Warm Homes Trust are Neil Boniface (Chair), Jim Hargest, Anne Gover and Carl Findlater.

The SWHT current community funders are Electricity Invercargill Ltd, Southland Power Trust, The Power Company Ltd, PowerNet, The Invercargill City Council, Gore and Southland District Councils, Environment Southland, Community Trust of Southland, The Southern Trust, Guy Waddel Charitable Trust and NZ Oil and Gas. The Southland Times and Work and Income New Zealand have also provided indirect support for the project.

The SWHT acknowledge the support of both their present and past community funders, past funders include The Invercargill Licensing Trust and the ILT Foundation, Invercargill Te Ara a Kewa Health Trust, Southland Energy Efficiency Trust, Takitimu Health PHO Ltd, and Hokonui PHO.  Their support has provided insulation and heating retrofits to over 6000 Southland and West Otago homes since 2008.

PowerNet provides administration and financial reporting services on behalf of the Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT).

Southland Warm Homes Subsidy Information
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority Funding Information​

Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority

Awarua Synergy are proud partners with the Southland Warm Homes Trust delivering the government EECA scheme.  The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation and the use of energy from renewable sources. EECA focuses on actions that will deliver the greatest net benefits to all of New Zealand.

Sustainability Electricity Association of NZ

Awarua Synergy is a member of Sustainability Electricity Association of NZ.

Southland Chamber of Commerce

Awarua Synergy are proud to be a member of the Southland Chamber of Commerce.

Community Energy Network

Awarua Synergy is proud to be part of  Community Energy Network a national network of community enterprises working together to create warm homes, strong communities and a healthy environment for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Insulation Association of New Zealand

Awarua Synergy are proud to be the first in Southland to be certified installers with the Insulation Association of NZ

Home Performance Advisor

Awarua Synergy is proud to be the first certified Home Performance Advisor in Southland

 

Ena Solar Accreditation

Our team have had Ena Solar accreditation

Health & Safety

Our team have completed a number of health & safety training with Safety and Action

Site Safe

Awarua Synergy are proud to be Site Safe Members

Call your expert team at Awarua Synergy on
0800 WARM SOUTH for a FREE, unconditional assessment.

Energy Tip:

Insulation reduces heat loss, did you know indoor temperatures below 16 degrees affects respiratory function in vulnerable people and temperatures below 12 degrees affect heart function

Energy Tip:

If you have mould growing inside your house clean it with white vinegar as this kills it and then try and ventilate daily by opening windows

Energy Tip:

Place beds on internal walls away from windows, especially new born babies, young children or anyone with respiratory conditions.

Did you know:

Warmer drier homes = fewer hospital admissions

Energy Tip:

Use kitchen extractors when cooking or use pot lids, extractors for bathroom must run 20 minutes after your shower to remove moisture

Energy Tip:

Draught proofing or sealing up draught’s can reduce heat lost, check doors, windows, cat doors and unused chimneys

Energy Tip:

Opening windows for 20 minutes per day to ventilate will help get rid of trapped moisture and stale air, making your home easier to heat

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for living rooms should be 18-22 degrees

Did you know:

At 3% inflation, household energy bills are set to double again in the next 20 years

Energy Tip:

When opening curtains ensure they are pulled back or tied back as far as possible, any window not exposed to the free solar gain of the sun, decreases free heating your home can use.

Energy Tip:

When cooking ensure other parts of the house are closed, if doors are left open the warm moist

Energy Tip:

Close of unused rooms so that you are not wasting energy heating them

Did you know:

Damp air is harder to heat

Energy Tip:

Open windows on opposite side of house to create cross ventilation

Energy Tip:

Check hot water temperature, make sure it’s at 55 degrees at the tap (60 degrees at the Hot Water Cylinder)

Energy Tip:

Don’t fill your kettle right up every time – just boil the amount of water you need

Energy Tip:

Curtains are your windows insulation. Three layers are best and make sure that they hang below the window or to the floor.

Did you know:

Insulating a home is an investment for future generations who live in the house

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for bedrooms should be 16-18 degrees

Did you know:

Cleaning mould with white vinegar kills it

Did you know:

Hot water heating is 38% of household energy use

Did you know:

Cold damp homes mean more Asthma

Energy Tip:

Wrapping how water cylinders and lagging pipes can help reduce electricity costs of heating hot water

Did you know:

Insulation makes your home warmer, drier and healthier….and it lasts for generations

Energy Tip:

If you’re going away on holiday, turn off you hot water cylinder and any standby appliances, even if its just for a short time, it will save energy and money.

Did you know:

Space heating is 36% of household energy use

Did you know:

Damp air causes respiratory problems

Did you know:

Drying clothes inside creates 5 litres of moisture per day

Energy Tip:

Un-flued portable gas heaters can cause a huge amount of moisture and toxic fumes in the air, leading to moisture problems resulting in mould issues

Did you know:

Cold homes contribute to 1600 extra deaths in NZ per year

Energy Tip:

A reminder to organise your firewood during summer ready for next winter, to ensure its nice and dry, ready for burning

Energy Tip:

Don’t dry cloth inside, each load will release 5-6 litres of water vapour, damp air is harder and more expensive to heat

Energy Tip:

Choose the right sized externally vented extractor fan for the job, a fan to small wont remove moist air and a fan too large can create draughts, ensure you have automatic controls, such as a timer which runs for 20 minutes after it is turned off.

Did you know:

Insulation Government study (Motu report) shows 5 to 1 benefit from investment, primarily in terms of health outcomes and reduced hospital admissions

Did you know:

Recommended temperature for utility or laundry rooms should be 14-16 degrees

Energy Tip:

Ensure oven, fridge and freezer seals are tight and don’t have any air gaps, to test them place a piece of paper in the appliance door and close, if the paper falls out consider replacing seals to stop the energy leaks.

Did you know:

Un-flued gas heaters create 1 litre of moisture per hour

Energy Tip:

Don’t add unnecessary moisture

Did you know:

Opening windows 20 minutes per day exchanges air making home easier to heat

Energy Tip:

Limit in door plants to prevent moisture

Energy Tip:

Consider window security stays so the house can be ventilated when not at home

Did you know:

NZ has one of the highest rates of asthma in the OEDC that's 1 in 4 children, costing us about $4 billion per year

Energy Tip:

If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute, fit a shower flow restrictor to cut hot water costs significantly.

Energy Tip:

Net curtains prevent free solar gain from the sun to heat your home, only use if necessary

Energy Tip:

Consider efficient heating, such as heat pumps, wood burners, wetbacks

Did you know:

Every $1 spent on insulation equates to a $4 return on investment

Did you know:

The current average rate of increase in electricity prices is 8.5%

Energy Tip:

On average heating is the largest energy use in the home, in colder parts of NZ can account for 40% or more, so ensure you have the correct heating source and size

Energy Tip:

Cross ventilating by opening two windows in a room can help exchange fresh air faster, if there is fog outside wait until the fog has lifted to prevent extra moisture entering the home

Energy Tip:

Make sure insulation is installed correctly as the performance can drop.

Energy Tip:

Run heat pump in “Heat” mode not in Auto, if you going out switch off, clean filters regular, get professional to do internal clean every 2 years.

Did you know:

NZ homes are expensive to run, we spent approx $250m on inadequate heating

Energy Tip:

Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to heat your home and then close them just before sunset