More homes now warmer
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.