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Community Energy Action: a brief history



CEA officially established


  • CEA is offered a free home in the Southpower (now Orion) building
  • Curtain bank starts with 150 sets of curtains and an EECA grant
  • We begin commercial hot water cylinder wrapping


  • Paid coordinator appointed with lotteries grant
  • Start of subsidised energy efficiency products


Southpower (Orion) becomes an official funder


Warm Babies program launched, for families with new born children


CEA wins EECA award in the residential category


CEA begins working for CDHB and Environment Canterbury on the Clean Heat project


  • Launch of Elderly Health programme
  • Mainpower becomes an official funder
  • CEA achieves runner up at the EECA awards (Sustained Achievement Category)


Pilot begins for EECA's Warm Up New Zealand (WUNZ) insulation scheme


  • awarded Top Achiever at EECA awards
  • CEA expands, Curtain Bank moves to seperate premises


  • CEA is an EECA provider in the nationwide WUNZ scheme
  • Official launch of CEA's energy advice service
  • Curtain Bank extends service to include whole house curtaining


  • CEA is the winner of the EECA award in the community category
  • CEA moves to Moorhouse Ave, our first independent building. This building is severely damaged in the September quakes


Staff work from home for several months before moving into temporary premises


  • Healthy Homes project for hospital patients in conjunction with the CDHB begins
  • Curtain Bank extends service to provide linings to all curtains


  • Milestone of 20,000 homes insulated
  • First project focussing on earthquake damaged homes begins


  • Winner EECA award (Champion Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Category)
  • Repair Well for earthquake affected homeowners with NZ Red Cross begins
  • CEA moves to permanent premises in CBD
  • Curtain Bank broadens client criteria, CSC no longer required
  • Mobile Curtain Bank begins operating
  • Assessors trained in thermography and home performance assessment


Community Energy Action

0800 GET WARM (0800 438 9276)

+64 3 374 7222

299 Tuam Street





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