More homes now warmer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Over $10 mil­lion dol­lars of sup­port for home in­su­la­tion and clean heat­ing has been pro­vided to homes through the re­gional coun­cil’s Warm Greater Welling­ton scheme.

More than 5700 house­holds in the Welling­ton re­gion – 592 in Porirua – are now warmer, health­ier and will cost less to heat, thanks to the scheme.

The scheme of­fers the re­gion’s ratepay­ers up to $2600 as a top-up for sup­port of­fered by the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity (EECA) through its Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme.

This money is re­paid through a tar­geted rate against the prop­erty over the fol­low­ing nine years.

EECA re­cently an­nounced that fur­ther gov­ern­ment fund­ing would be fo­cused on in­su­la­tion, which has the big­gest ben­e­fit for home­own­ers. The re­gional coun­cil’s scheme will fol­low this ap­proach.

The Warm Greater Welling­ton scheme has a cap of $6 mil­lion a year and fi­nan­cial sup­port of $10,067,983 has been ap­proved since the scheme be­gan in 2010.

Re­gional coun­cil chair­per­son Fran Wilde says $10m of fi­nan­cial sup­port is a ma­jor mile­stone, and she urges house­hold­ers across the re­gion to use it.

‘‘I en­cour­age house­hold­ers to take full ad­van­tage of this scheme and get in­su­la­tion in­stalled dur­ing these sum­mer months – come win­ter, you’ll be pleased to have it.

‘‘ The ben­e­fits of mod­ern in­su­la­tion are im­mense, in­clud­ing a warm and dry home, re­duced heat­ing costs, health ben­e­fits and added value to prop­er­ties.’’

$ 1.7 mil­lion of fund­ing has been pro­vided through the Warm Greater Welling­ton scheme since July, mean­ing a fur­ther $4.2 mil­lion is avail­able this fi­nan­cial year.

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