Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report

01 August 2017

By Damian Sullivan with others 2016

Installing an efficient hot water system might reduce energy usage costs and greenhouse gas emissions, but may be too expensive or too daunting for low-income households.


The Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program (HEEUP) was a trial in Victoria funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to help households overcome these barriers. The final report describes the program delivery as well as research findings about the optimum subsidy, early changes to energy consumption and the cost-effectiveness of different upgrades. Published by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, it also includes commissioned chapters from the Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University Department of Economics and Oakley Greenwood.

Download the full report:

Home Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program final report (PDF, 7.5 MB)

Access sections of the report separately:

Preliminary pages (PDF, 603 KB)

Summary (PDF, 173 KB)

Chapter 1 HEEUP overview (PDF, 421 KB)

Chapter 2 What was the effect of HEEUP on household electricity and gas consumption? (PDF, 883 KB) with Appendix F (PDF, 225 KB)
by Graeme Byrne, Bradley Jorgensen, Lena Jungbluth and Liam Smith BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University

Chapter 3 What is the optimal incentive level to promote a switch to an efficient system? (PDF, 511 KB) with Appendix G (PDF, 226 KB) 
including Discrete choice experiment, results and analysis by Michael Ward and Danny Brent

Chapter 4 Did HEEUP change purchasing decisions? (PDF, 120 KB)

Chapter 5 What lessons were learnt from the program, what were the enablers? (PDF, 2.6 MB) including case studies by Victoria Johnson

Chapter 6 Cost-effectiveness and cost benefit analysis (PDF, 407 KB) with Appendix H (PDF, 406 KB)
by Linda O’Mullane and Lance Hoch, Oakley Greenwood

Chapter 7 Conclusion (PDF, 165 KB)

Appendices A, B and C (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Appendix D (PDF, 272 KB)

Appendix E (PDF, 480 KB)

Appendix I (PDF, 157 KB)

References (PDF, 142 KB)

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