Porirua ratepayers warm their homes
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.