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.

Element - - Contents - By Andy Ken­wor­thy

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.”

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