Porirua ratepay­ers warm their homes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Al­most 100 Porirua res­i­dents have taken up grants and ad­vances to up­grade the ther­mal ef­fi­ciency of their homes.

Last week Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil chair­woman Fran Wilde vis­ited the home­own­ers who re­ceived the 1000th ad­vance from the coun­cil to in­stall un­der­floor and ceil­ing in­su­la­tion.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, Ms Wilde pre­sented An­dres and Myrene Pi­mentel of Water­loo with a Bun­nings voucher.

Since the pro­gramme was launched in April 2010, 90 grants have gone to Porirua out of a to­tal of 1070, and $197,000 out of $2.2 mil­lion.

In con­trast, only 210 Welling­ton res­i­dents have taken up the of­fer.

Ms Pi­mentel said they had a heater/ de­hu­mid­i­fier pre­vi­ously but their elec­tric­ity cost $3000 a year and their high­est monthly bill had been $850.

They spent $4000 on the in­su­la­tion work and also in­stalled a heat pump.

‘‘We have no­ticed the dif­fer­ence al­ready – it’s qui­eter,’’ she said.

‘‘We had to pay one-third and we will pay back the other two-thirds over nine years.’’

The bal­ance, with in­ter­est, will be added to the home’s rates bill. If the house is sold, the bill will be trans­ferred to the new owner.

Mr Pi­mentel, who is from Mex­ico, said he was sur­prised to find few New Zealand homes have in­su­la­tion.

‘‘ It took us 150 years to re­alise that we live in a cold en­vi­ron­ment,’’ re­sponded Ms Wilde.

Well-in­su­lated, en­ergy-efficient hous­ing has huge ben­e­fits, she said.

‘‘It saves power and heat­ing but it also has health ben­e­fits and [re­duces] so­cial costs.’’

GWRC has $3 mil­lion a year, avail­able to all ratepay­ers, to dis­trib­ute.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit gw.govt.nz/ warmer-gw or call 0800 496 734 dur­ing busi­ness hours.

Hot deal: Myrene Pi­mentel, left, is de­lighted with home in­su­la­tion fit­ted with the help of a Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil ad­vance. She is pic­tured with coun­cil chair­woman Fran Wilde.

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