Chance to in­su­late your house for free

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Low-in­come fam­i­lies can keep their fam­i­lies warm and healthy this win­ter by tak­ing up a free pro­gramme to in­su­late their homes. Peo­ple are el­i­gi­ble if: Your home was built be­fore 2000.

The home owner or ten­ant has a Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Card (or a Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Card en­dorsed Su­perGold Card).

One or more oc­cu­pants are un­der 17 or over 65 years of age.

The pro­gramme pro­vides free un­der- floor and ceil­ing in­su­la­tion.

Hous­ing New Zealand homes are not el­i­gi­ble for the pro­gramme.

East­ern ward coun­cil­lor Denys Latham is help­ing to pro­mote the pro­gramme.

‘‘I want to make sure peo­ple who are el­i­gi­ble in our com­mu­nity are able to take up this great op­por­tu­nity so that chil­dren and older peo­ple can en­joy liv­ing in warm, dry, healthier homes,’’ Mr Latham said.

New Zealand has one of the high­est rates of asthma and res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness among coun­tries in the OECD and cold, damp homes have been linked with th­ese con­di­tions.

‘‘ The tem­per­a­ture in your home can make a huge dif­fer­ence to your health,’’ Mr Latham said. ‘‘In­su­lated homes lessen the chances of in­cur­ring res­pi­ra­tory and skin con­di­tions and rheumatic fever.’’

The Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes pro­gramme is be­ing de­liv­ered through the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity.

Mr Latham said the au­thor­ity had sur­veyed peo­ple who have had their house in­su­lated through a pre­vi­ous pro­gramme.

Of those sur­veyed, 84 per cent no­ticed a warmer home af­ter in­su­lat­ing and 62 per cent of peo­ple who had reg­u­lar sick­ness in their fam­ily re­ported im­proved health.

‘‘The ben­e­fits, es­pe­cially for the young and the el­derly, are great. So if you qual­ify, take the time to get an as­sess­ment done by one of the providers work­ing in Porirua,’’ Mr Latham said.

He en­cour­aged land­lords whose ten­ants meet the cri­te­ria to also take ad­van­tage of the pro­gramme.

Some providers may ask for a small con­tri­bu­tion from land­lords.

Work­ing in Porirua are four providers of­fer­ing the scheme for free to those who are el­i­gi­ble.

They are: Right House on 0800 744 569, En­er­gyS­mart on 0800 777 111, Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust on 0508 787 824 and Au­tex on 0800 782 653.

Af­ter an ap­proach late last year by the Right House/ Pa­cific Peo­ples Well­be­ing Trust, Porirua City Coun­cil is sup­port­ing the Right House in­su­la­tion pro­gramme and those of other providers of­fer­ing sim­i­lar ser­vices in the Porirua area.

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