Retro­fit your home

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Sum­mer is over and home­own­ers should pre­pare their prop­er­ties for win­ter.

Whether up­grad­ing an ex­ist­ing home, or build­ing a new one, home­own­ers can ben­e­fit from Auck­land Coun­cil’s free home as­sess­ment from trained Eco De­sign ad­vis­ers.

Ad­vis­ers give in­de­pen­dent ad­vice on cre­at­ing a healthy home and sav­ing on house­hold run­ning costs.

The coun­cil is also pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance with the Retro­fit Your Home pro­gramme. House­hold­ers can re­ceive up to $5000 to­wards the cost of in­su­la­tion and clean heat­ing so­lu­tions. The first $1300 of in­su­la­tion up­grades are free un­der the Gov­ern­ment funded En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity (EECA) En­er­gy­wise sub­sidy.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says about 400,000 homes in Auck­land have no or in­ad­e­quate in­su­la­tion.

Since its launch in 2011, more than 5500 Auck­land homes have taken part in the Retro­fit pro­gramme.

A sur­vey of home­own­ers us­ing the Eco De­sign Ser­vice showed that 80 per cent made changes to their ex­ist­ing house or new house de­sign af­ter re­ceiv­ing the ad­vice.

Re­pay­ments un­der the scheme are added to the home­owner’s rates bill over a nine-year pe­riod.

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