warm up NZ
Over the past three years,150,000 households have made use of a government grant to improve the efficiency and health of their homes. The program rolls on – here’s how to get started on your home’s upgrade this winter.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) is the government agency whose job it is to promote energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable energy. It offers advice and incentives to improve energy use in homes, businesses and in transport. Its highest profile campaign is the Energywise Warm up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme. It began in July 2009, when the government committed to spending $347 million to support the retrofitting of more than 188,500 homes with insulation and clean heating systems. When completed, this will radically improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of families who otherwise might be left living in cold damp conditions. It will also save them money, save energy, reduce damaging greenhouse gas emissions and save taxpayer spending on unnecessary healthcare and lost working days. At the same time, the programme has created jobs, and helped to improve product safety, quality and service in New Zealand’s heating and insulation industries. The programme has so far helped nearly 150,000 households around the country. EECA chief executive Mike Underhill says: “It’s hard to overemphasise the benefits of a warm, dry home. We would love to see a lot more homes in New Zealand with under-floor and ceiling insulation, and with clean, energy efficient heat sources installed.”