Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits

This page provides information about Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits
(Home Retrofits).

About this method

The Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits (HEER) method may be used to calculate energy savings from a range of common household and small business energy efficiency upgrades.  In this method, the term energy may refer to electricity, gas or both.

The method requires a minimum customer co-payment of $30 (excl GST) which cannot be reimbursed.

Using the Home Retrofits method

Method Guide

The requirements for using this method are presented in the Method Guide below.

Method Guide: Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits825.1KB PDF FileV3.4 June 2017
The Method Guide provides information required to conduct activities using this method of the ESS Rule. This version was published following amendments to the ESS Rule in April 2017.

Fact Sheet

The ACP should provide a copy of the HEER Fact Sheet to householders and small businesses.

HEER Fact Sheet67.89KB PDF FileV1.1 May 2017
This fact sheet provides information for householders and small businesses about the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits method.

Template Nomination Form

The Energy Savings Scheme Rule of 2009 allows an original energy saver to nominate an Accredited Certificate Provider as the energy saver in relation to the implementation of a recognised energy saving activity at a particular site. Such a nomination must be in the form and manner approved by the Scheme Administrator. Templates for nomination forms can be found on the Templates page.

Lighting Equipment Requirements

Lighting equipment installed under the following activities of the HEER Method must be accepted by the Scheme Administrator as meeting the equipment requirements.

  • Activity Definition E1 – Replace halogen downlight with an LED luminaire and/or lamp
  • Activity Definition E2 – Replace a linear halogen floodlight with a high efficiency lamp
  • Activity Definition E3 – Replace parabolic aluminised reflector (PAR) lamp with efficient luminaire and/or lamp
  • Activity Definition E5 – Replace and T8 or T12 luminaire with a LED luminaire, and
  • Activity Definition E11 – Replace an edison screw or bayonet lamp with an LED lamp for general lighting purposes.

Further information on these requirements can be found on the HEER Lighting Requirements page.

Calculating Energy Savings

The HEER method provides a range of low cost and higher cost activities that can be conducted at the property. Eligible activities are listed in Schedules D and E of the ESS Rule.

The method requires a site assessment of a home or small business to be carried out prior to the upgrade taking place. The upgrade must then result in a minimum number of ESCs as specified in clause 9.8 of the ESS Rule.

Energy Assessment Tool

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has developed the Home Energy Assessment Tool for ACPs to use to calculate the energy savings (and number of energy savings certificates) under the HEER method. It can be used for free.

OEH Home Energy Assessment Tool (external link)

Use of the tool is not mandatory and ACPs will still be responsible for ensuring their record keeping and quality assurance arrangements support any energy savings certificates they create.