A half-hour factual entertainment series that proves you don’t have to be extreme to be green. Watch the original New Zealand episodes of this international hit.
From worm farms to rainwater butts and solar power to heat pumps, the WA$TED! team take your average household of eco horrors and turn it into a clean green haven, saving families serious cash in the process.
Every week WA$TED! takes a different household, audits their waste and energy usage with the show’s unique eco calculator and confronts them with the terrifying truth about their long-term impact on the planet.
WA$TED!’s eco-expert Francesca Price will put each family on a green regime to clean up their act. After tracking the family, Francesca re-calculates their household footprint and hand over their cash savings.
WA$TED! is an information-rich series that transforms your average eco crim into your ultimate green convert.
Every year this flat throws out half a tonne of uneaten food, wasting $8,000 on groceries which go straight into the bin, and they spend even more on clothes and shoes. Its time to turn these frivolous shopaholics into thrifty eco warriors.
These four young professionals enjoy a lifestyle based around convenience and luxury. They over-shop at the supermarket, then throw out $130 worth (8 kg) of food every week. They happily chow down on takeaways and coffee-to-go and biff the packaging without a thought of the resources used to make it.
The three girls wardrobes are overflowing with designer clothes worth more than $50,000. The bottle-blonde sisters suffer from burning scalps thanks to the chemical hair dyes they use and Alanna’s 13 year old 2.8L gas guzzler spews out more carbon emissions per year than the average New Zealander.
The WA$TED! team wake these urbanites up to their wasteful ways by dumping a year’s worth of uneaten food on their doorstep. We point them in the right direction by curbing their shocking shopping habits and offering eco alternatives to their chemical coifs and cars.
Will these fashion-conscious flatmates be happy to make a few more personal sacrifices and face up to the fact that green is the new black?
- WA$TED Season 2 - Tavai Family 21 mins
These young parents are filling their home with potentially toxic play things and over using chemical cleaners which is making their home more of a hazard than a haven.
Olivia and Junior shower their daughters Emma & Rosa in plastic play things but these doting parents have no idea of the environmental and health risks these toys may be having.
Their new suburban home is cleaned everyday with chemicals they have no idea about and their backyard is void of birds and wildlife. Junior’s fetish for novelty lamps is costing over $300 a year in power and he happily ignores the bus-stop outside his house, driving ten minutes to work. All of this is having a huge effect on their household footprint.
Eco-experts Francesca Price & Tristan Glendinning come to the rescue, planting a garden to attract wildlife, suggesting a reduction in cleaning and a new approach to Emma’s upcoming party to reduce waste. They swap Junior’s car keys for a bus pass, and down-size his beloved lamp collection.
But how will the eco birthday party challenge go with the kids and will any of it be enough to win them any cash?
- WA$TED Season 2 - The Ogilvys 21 mins
Nicky & James may not have kids, but they’re punishing the planet like a five person family. The WA$TED! team turn up with a life time of dog poo to wake them up to their beloved mutts wasteful ways.
James, Nicky and their much-loved mutt, Zell are polluting the planet, sending 10,000 plastic bags and a tonne of dog poo to landfill over Zell’s life. They’ve spent $12,000 installing expensive heating sources to warm-up their chilly villa but all its doing is heating up the planet. The Ogilvies’ jaunts to exotic destinations are harming the very places they travel to and the couple get a wake up to where they’re investing their money.
Eco-expert Francesca Price sets to work signing them up for a delivered organic veggie box, transforming their draughty villa into a cosy love-nest and set Nicky to work to find an ethical investment. But will these changes be enough to bring down their footprint or save any money?
- WA$TED Season 2 - Kaye Family 21 mins
The Kaye family may have jumped the ditch from drought stricken Australia but they’ve taken to using twice as much water as a typical kiwi household. It’s high time to show these Aussie jokers how to become clean green Kiwis.
Coming from drought-stricken Australia the Kaye family used to ration their water, but since moving to NZ they are wasting it like there’s no tomorrow. Long showers and daily baths are chugging through 700L of water a day- twice what the typical kiwi family uses for everything around the house.
Michael commutes 130km to and from work every day, but doesn’t care about the environmental price because his company foots the petrol bills. While Vicki has some very expensive habits in the bedroom, running a TV and fan all night to drown out her hubbie’s snoring and on top of all this they have doubled the capacity of their fuse-box to accommodate their energy-sucking spa and peak power use.
In an effort to dampen their wasteful ways, our green team shower the Kayes with a monsoon bucket full of water. We install a hot water heat pump and shower monitor to cut back on bathing bills and show this family that they are wasting even more water by chucking out uneaten sandwiches and not recycling. Michael is encouraged to car pool and Vicki is given an obvious solution to the snoring. We return three weeks later to see if these loud-mouthed Aussies have taken on board any of our advice and made any cash savings.
- WA$TED Season 2 - Staples Family 22 mins
DIY Dave’s three skip loads of building waste is causing an environmental disaster and his unfinished building jobs could be affecting his family’s health. We set him to task; stripping back his shop-a-holic habits, finding a solution to his polluting boat and fix their boggy backyard, saving them a load of cash.
Ex-builder Dave has been renovating his house but his unfinished and badly managed DIY projects have sent more than three skip loads of building waste to landfill. When not creating waste his other specialty is creating clutter – impulse buying tools and other junk that never get used. Meanwhile Karen creates havoc of her own cranking the dryer instead of using the washing line, choosing to blame the boggy backyard rather than her own laziness.
The WA$TED! team install a rain garden to fix their drainage problem, encourage Wade to join the Walking School Bus to reduce emissions and congestion at the school gates, and find a petrol free alternative to their polluting motorboat.
We challenge Dave to finish his DIY jobs using leftover building materials and Karen to find new homes for their unused junk. Will three weeks be enough for them to change their wasteful ways and save them cash?
- WA$TED Season 2 - Reed Brothers 21 mins
These sporting brothers may be keeping their bodies toned, but the planet is suffering from their bottled water addiction and single-serve littering. Luckily the WA$TED! team are here to turn their apartment into an eco bachelor pad that will get them the girls.
In 10 years these fitness fanatics have drunk their way through over 5,000 bottles of water, which are thrown away after only one use. This water bottle addiction is costing them over $780 every year, not to mention another $1500 in single serve muesli bars and energy shots to keep them going during their workouts.
They spend hours each day training on their bikes but still use the car to drive the short distance to work. Body corporate rules state they can’t hang washing on the balcony so they spend $280 every year running the dryer, which adds up to over $5000 over the course of their mortgage – a cost they hadn’t factored when they bought the flat.
We send them down a green track supplying them with a water filter and reusable drink bottles, get them to make their own muesli bars, challenge them to cycle to work instead of drive, plant an edible balcony garden, and give them some tips for green dating.
Will going green get them the girls and will it make them any money?
- WA$TED Season 2 - Cleave Family 22 mins
The WA$TED! team digs up a South Island families “dump hole” to make them face up to the concoction of chemicals they’ve been pouring into their land.
Living rurally the Cleaves don’t have access to kerbside rubbish or recycling collection. They biff all their rubbish, even old TVs and lawnmowers, into a hole in the ground, poisoning the very land they love. Burning through power, gas and 10 trailer loads of firewood - doesn’t stop them freezing in winter and Jessie’s hooning is a hazard on their farm and the environment.
Francesca Price and Tristan Glendining, introduce a furry friend to help with their food waste and sort out their winter woes with installations to warm their water for free and keep the warmth in. After giving the Jessie some green driving tips to save on petrol, we leave the Cleaves to their own devices and return three weeks later to see if they’ve managed to break a farming tradition?
- WA$TED Season 2 - Brown Family 22 mins
The WA$TED! team surprise the Browns with a herd of cattle to wake them up to environmental impact of their carnivorous ways. Will Francesca’s offer of a cash carrot be enough to get this family to change their ways?
The Brown family tuck into red meat feasts every night with no thought to the belching sheep and cattle that are contributing to warming up the planet.
Their power bills are $1,800 every year from heaters blasting 24/7 and electric blankets left on all night, forcing George to take extreme action cutting power chords to keep bills down.
Lisa’s daily trips to the Laundromat cost the family $1,200 each year and add to the already high carbon dioxide emissions spewing out of their four cars.
Eco-expert Francesca Price and Tristan Glendinning set up Lisa with energy and water saving appliances for the laundry, and challenge the family to reduce their red meat consumption. Will three weeks be enough time for the family to re-adjust to eating less meat and stop to their appliance arguments?
While the Blair-Hunts wouldn’t dream on trashing the ancestral land they live on, they’re sending their 180 bags of rubbish down the line to landfill every year. Can the WA$TED! team stop their plans to renovate their bathroom into the most energy sapping room in the house and swap Patrick’s V6 for a hybrid?
The Blair-Hunt family are clogging up our landfill with non –biodegrable plastics and food waste that produces harmful methane gas. Inside the house their two dehumidifiers running 24/7 can’t suck up the 1,400L of water that is created by their unflued gas heater. The family regularly tucks into seafood with no thought of the damage that commercial fishing is having on our oceans.
The WA$TED! team replaces the Blair-Hunts’ unflued gas heater with an energy-efficient heat pump, swaps the V6 for a Hybrid and plants a veggie garden to better use the land and save money on veggies.
With a challenge to build an eco bathroom the team leaves to see if they can make a change to a greener life. But will Pat’s macho image suffer without his precious V6 and will they save any money?
- WA$TED Season 2 - Beck Family 21 mins
The Becks’ three cars, truck, motorboat, spa, multiple televisions, freezers and waste disposal is creating three times the typical carbon dioxide emissions for a family their size and costing them a fortune.
Truck driver Kevin works hard to give his family the good things in life but their food waste, outrageous energy use and gas guzzling jobs and hobbies are cranking the carbon. Kevin’s vehicles create 68kg of carbon dioxide every day and cost them $13,000 in fuel every year!
They have given up on the kitchen, cooking their Sunday roast on the BBQ every week without knowing it uses three times more energy than the insulated oven! Their traditional light fixtures are costing them $300 per year and as well as a love for cars Kevin also has a love of … fridges, which is costing him $600 per year. While Kevin is using excessive power keeping things cool, his girls are using it to warm up, using the spa in summer because they say the pool is too cool.
We install energy efficient bulbs throughout the house, solar pool heating so they can turn the spa off in summer, decommission Kevin’s beer fridge and replace his old faulty freezers with a new efficient chest freezer
But will this be enough to bring the Becks’ around?
- WA$TED Season 1 - Wea Family 22 mins
It’s the small things adding up to a big eco problem in the Wea family. Over six months the WA$TED team found almost 200 school lunches, 2,600 cigarettes, 216 packets of chewing gum and 180 metres of plastic wrap in the Wea’s trash. Once again Francesca and Tristan prove that through a few easy measures, you can save hundreds of dollars in household bills – and the environment!
Guilty of a use once and throw away attitude, the small amounts of trash the Weas chuck may seem trivial, but are making a mountain out of a mole hill. Short term solutions have led the Weas down the path to environmental disaster.
The WA$TED team finds ways of reducing their rubbish, power and water bills. Their insulated kitset home has no ventilation causing the house to be damp and hard to heat. Not only that the blinds they installed eight years ago have cost them almost $500 in lost heating. But changing their habits won’t be easy because the girls dry their already dry clothes in the dryer for 90 minutes every morning and Ray uses the oven rather than a heater to warm the kitchen for two hours a day.
After setting them up with eco-fixes, Francesca returns three weeks later to find our meter readings show that something has gone awry.
- WA$TED Season1 - Student Flat 21 mins
It’s back to school, as the WA$TED! team greens up a group of six university students who are creating almost a tonne of rubbish every six months, 90% of which could have avoided hitting the landfill. With the incentive of a cash prize and an energy efficient dryer, Francesca Price and Tristan Glendinning must get this country’s future minds to change their tune.
It’s not the mess these six university students are creating that’s worrying the WA$TED! team – it’s their rubbish. They are happy to leave their annual two tonne rubbish legacy (that’s harbouring dead mice and maggots) for their children, believing in 50 years time it’s “not our problem”. Their overall household footprint is the size of the six rugby fields!
Eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder Tristan Glendinning come to the rescue with a well overdue lesson that will save students from their future; it’s time for WASTE 101 in studentville.
With the incentive of a cash prize and a new dryer for the housemate who makes the biggest effort, these six friends quickly see a new benefit in taking an eco-friendly attitude. Learning how to reduce their party rubbish, save money on their water heating, turn off appliances at the wall and buy in bulk gives the student the knowledge they need to make a difference. But will they turn over a new leaf and who will win the dryer?
New Zealand’s answer to the Sex & the City girls, housemates Patrina, Marjka and Kristy, have the ultimate throwaway lifestyle consuming takeaways, cosmetics, power and water like they’re going out of fashion. Eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder Tristan Glendinning have the hard task of reducing their $700 per month power bill and showing them that their daily cosmetics include the same ingredient found in embalming fluid – something that could be affecting them and the environment.
Material girls Patrina, Marjka and Kristy are blissfully unaware they are fast destroying their very own material world. They love nothing more than shopping and caking on cosmetics before going out, but at what cost to themselves and the environment?
Not only do they turf out tonnes of takeaway trash and cosmetics packaging, but they are also living in a luxury, yet energy-zapping home which is costing them $700 a month in power alone. Francesca shows the girls the real cost of beauty, encouraging them to cut back on make-up, how to save $400 a year on power with the flick of a switch and a way to stop the 70 litres of water coming from the party palace’s garage!
Will the WA$TED! team’s advice and the incentive of some spare cash be enough to turn these footloose girls really clean and green?
- WA$TED Season 1 - Radich Family 22 mins
The WA$TED team discovers the rubbishy Radichs recycling wrongs, food faults and nappy nightmare means they are creating 85% more rubbish than they should. The single income family is losing half their heating through the ceilings and floors leaving their teenage daughter’s room below World Health Organisation recommended temperatures. With a bit of encouragement from Francesca and Tristan, and DIY graft, the Radichs hit the jackpot saving hundreds in their annual household bills.
The Radich family of five are living off a single income, yet still manage to waste money and live off 12 times the resources than their section size could produce. Although Stephanie doing her bit, separating out recyclables, Pete just throws them in the bin - despite his hippy upbringing.
The WA$TED! team arrives with some cheap DIY eco-fixs could save the planet for their kids and get them some cash for the honeymoon they never had. They insulate under the house saving them 10% heat loss, seal gaps in doors and windows with cheap foam strips saving $75 a year and wrap the hot water cylinder and lag the pipes saves another $75. Not only are these cash savings but will reduce the draw on the national power grid.
With the house up to scratch, the Radichs are left to go it alone for three weeks. It all looks like an eco fairytale, until Meike catches Peter on her spy camera, putting their cash savings in question.
- WA$TED Season 1 - Petelo Family 22 mins
The Petelos produce twice as much rubbish as most families, half of which comes from the youngest member of the family. They waste power and money on their dryer and Patrick spends three hours a day burning through precious petrol in a traffic gridlock. The WA$TED team shows them their eco-errors and helps them save cash through recycling, public transport and being energy efficient around the home.
Ex-rubgy player, Patrick and fitness freak Donelle are motivated people, but when it comes to the environment they don’t seem to give a toss. They are concerned about the world they are leaving their children but concern is where their efforts end.
Eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder Tristan Glendinning surprise them with a month’s worth of their rubbish; finding 160 disposable nappies and six bins of paper recycling makes up three quarters of their waste.
They get to work switching them to a reusable nappy system which will save then almost $500 a year; moving their clothes line out of the shade to save money on dryer time and find a slimy way to reduce their 26kgs of food scrapes a month to 5% their size. They also show them one of the cheapest and easiest things that can be done to reduce power and save money in your home.
With the promise of a cash prize, the Petelos seem keen to convert to a greener life, but will their efforts result in any cash savings when there is a small saboteur working against them?
- WA$TED Season1 - Jocelyn Hunt 22 mins
The WA$TED team takes on a solo mum and her two boys who are wasting 24,000 litres of water every month, killing untold local plant and marine life and contributing to the 1.5 billion litres of waste water New Zealand discharges into the environment every day. The team turns Jocelyn’s humble abode into an eco piece of paradise and saves her over $1,000 a year in household bills.
Jocelyn Hunt and her two boys may be the WA$TED! team’s toughest challenge. As a solo mum on a tight budget, she doesn’t believe that by being less wasteful she can make significant savings.
Eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder, Tristan Glendinning have news for her. They show her ways to cut her water usage by 75% thereby saving almost $300 a year in her city water bills; they install a water butt to collect rain from the rooftop, a low-flow shower rose that will save water and power, fix a leaking toilet and challenge her to wash clothes in cold water. If water wastage isn’t enough she’s also wasting power every day, so in what looks like a not so environmentally-friendly move, the WA$TED! team cuts down her trees to increase light and warmth in her home.
Jocelyn seems to have an excuse for everything, but with the incentive of a cash prize she takes things to the extreme. She puts the health and comfort of her family at risk, but for what gain?
- WA$TED Season 1 - Jinks Family 22 mins
The WA$TED team has just three weeks to stop home business owners Matt and Pippa Jinks from suffocating the planet with plastic packaging and toxic electronic waste. With the motivation of a cash prize and a helping hand from eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder Tristan Glendinning the Jinks’ manage to make their cloth nappy business eco-friendly and profitable, but not without having to make a few personal sacrifices along the way.
They may own a home business selling reusable environmentally friendly nappies, but by chucking out mountains of plastic wrapping and ditching old office electronics into council rubbish bins Matt Simpson and Pippa Jinks are poisoning the planet without even knowing.
Eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder Tristan Glendinning may be facing an uphill battle with Pippa insisting that her cloth nappy business can not be truly eco-friendly and profitable at the same time. Little do they know it’s the simple things which will make all the difference. By using a contractor to recycle plastic packaging, recycling old cell phones and computers, cutting back their three baths a day and turning off office equipment when not in use, these two are destined to make a positive eco-change – and a profit to boot.
Francesca gets tough with the Jinks family – clamping Matt’s car and making him pedal to work. But the results are well worth it with the WA$TED! team returning after three weeks to find Matt 5 kilograms slimmer – and a smiling Pippa over $1500 richer!
- WA$TED Season 1 - Farmers 21 mins
The WA$TED team takes on four generations of farming traditions to make this dairy farm and its occupants more environmentally friendly. By burning their waste, Ritchie and Abbie are sending dangerous dioxins into air which is returning to their land and poisoning the soil they rely on for their livelihood. Lucky the members of the WA$TED! team aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and help this farming family save a bucket full of cash through recycling, growing vegetables, composting and cutting back on power usage.
Meet newly-wed dairy farmers Ritchie and Abbie, and Abbie’s kids Kris (eight) and Hayleigh (nine). For the past 80 years burning their rubbish has been the way of life on this farm - little do they know that it’s polluting the very land they live off.
Eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder Tristan Glendinning don gumboots to show this family how to preserve their land and lifestyle by replacing the burning pit with a bin system, installing a heat transfer system and finding solutions to their two energy-sapping fridges.
The land around the house is made productive with a veggie patch, food scraps are turned into valuable fertilizer and the kids get some chooks that will produce $700 worth of groceries in a year. Further a field, the two kilometre stream that runs through the property is planted with natives to restore the natural eco system and reduce nutrients flowing off the fields.
Will this boost be enough to reduce their household footprint and save them some cold, hard cash?
- WA$TED Season 1 - Crump Family 21 mins
Barry Crump’s son, Martin and family are in the environmental hot spot this week, exposed for not being at one with nature. They are illegally dumping rubbish, heating up the planet by buying food shipped from across the globe, and spending over $7,000 in power and gas bills every year. Can the WA$TED! duo, Francesca Price and Tristan Glendinning, get these city slickers back to grass roots and save them some money – and save the environment?
Being the son of legendary bushman Barry Crump, should have made Martin at one with the land. But city life has taken its toll for him and his wife Jill and their five children. They have so much rubbish each week they’re illegally dumping it in a fake council bin, painted up to look like the real thing.
Buying $2,500 of produce every month, half of which is brought in from overseas, eco-expert Francesca Price and bio builder Tristan Glendinning must educate them on the concept of “food miles” (the distance food travels from the field to the plate) and show how this is using up the planet’s valuable fuel resources and melting polar icecaps.
Inside their home, Francesca finds their un-insulated house is costing them $7,000 in power and gas, so insulation and a more effective wood pellet fire are installed. A Bokashi fermenting system is used to get rid of their 40 kilograms of food scrapes every month, and Francesca finds a simple way to avoid Jill having to waste time, water and electricity on the 21 loads of washing she’s doing every week.
But will these new systems be enough to motivate the Crumps to buy more New Zealand produce or will they lose the plot trying to bury their eco problems?
- WA$TED Season1 - Parry Family 21 mins
The WA$TED team heads out to of town to show the Parry family how to enjoy and preserve the country lifestyle they love. Francesca and Tristan show the Parrys how to effectively heat an old damp villa, surprise Mike with a 4WD hybrid and most importantly, how to save money – and the environment!
Englishman Mike and shopaholic air hostess Maxine recently relocated to the countryside for a clean, green life. However the WA$TED! team quickly discovers their lifestyle is anything but that: they throw out 97 bags of rubbish every six months, Mike commutes 90 minutes each day to work and their beautiful villa holds some closet eco-crimes.
Francesca and Tristan get to work, finding a way to get rid of the Parrys’ food scraps, and how to avoid Mike’s prepackaged meal addiction. They reveal how the Parrys’ five unflued heaters are not only creating condensation but making their home harder to heat. Francesca discovers a way to bring their energy bills down by installing a solar panel to heat their water and installing insulation in the ceiling.
The Parrys’ home has been turned into an eco dream, but will their habits be as easily changed and will it result in any cash savings?