About this method

The Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits (HEER) method may be used to calculate energy savings from a range of 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.

Calculating energy savings

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

A site assessment of a home or small business is required to be carried out prior to the upgrade taking place.

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 a 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 T8 or T12 luminaire with a LED luminaire
  • Activity Definition E11 – Replace an edison screw or bayonet lamp with an LED lamp for general lighting purposes
  • Activity Definition E13 – Replace T5 luminaire with a LED luminaire

Further information on these requirements can be found on the Product acceptance page.

Water heater equipment requirements

Water heater equipment installed under the following activities of the HEER Method must be accepted by the Scheme Administrator as meeting the equipment requirements:

  • Activity Definition D17 - Replace an existing electric water heater with an air source heat pump water heater
  • Activity Definition D18 - Replace an existing electric water heater with a solar (electric boosted) water heater
  • Activity Definition D19 - Replace an existing gas water heater with an air source heat pump water heater
  • Activity Definition D20 - Replace an existing gas water heater with a solar (electric boosted) water heater
  • Activity Definition D21 - Replace an existing gas water heater with a solar (gas boosted) water heater

Further information on these requirements can be found on the Product acceptance page.

 

Relevant documentation

HEER - Method Guide
Template - Site Assessor Declaration
Template - Post Implementation Declaration
HEER Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet – ESS Rule Amendments – January 2022
Fact Sheet – Air Conditioners and Refrigerated Cabinets – February 2022
Fact Sheet – Water Heaters – January 2022
Template - Nomination form
Notice 04/2019 – Information for all methods – Clarification about the provision of CCEWs as evidence in the Energy Savings Scheme
Notice 03/2020 - Requirements for Commercial Lighting and HEER - Co-contributions
Implementation Data – examples template