‘‘Warm your Whare’’ on hold

Ruapehu Press - - Out & About - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

The coun­cil led, ‘‘Warm your Whare’’ in­su­la­tion pro­gramme has been put on hold un­til more fund­ing is found to con­tinue the work. In the last 18 months 160 house­holds have reg­is­tered for the pro­gramme. Pol­icy an­a­lyst Sa­man­tha Arthur-cur­tis said it was frus­trat­ing that they could not do more.

‘‘As with any ini­tia­tive this type of fund­ing is al­ways lim­ited which is un­for­tu­nate given that the ev­i­dence of ben­e­fi­cial out­comes on whanau health, well­be­ing, lower hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions, etc. from warm, dry homes is clear.’’

Home in­su­la­tion sup­plier Smart En­ergy So­lu­tions will con­tinue to as­sess and quote the re­main­ing houses that are on coun­cil’s data­base. The pro­gramme is a com­bined ini­tia­tive in­volv­ing Gov­ern­ment fund­ing from the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity, the Healthy Homes scheme with fund­ing from the King Coun­try Elec­tric Power Trust, The Lines Com­pany, Smart En­ergy So­lu­tions and King Coun­try En­ergy. Arthur-cur­tis said coun­cil is look­ing at whether they could help fund home in­su­la­tion and have peo­ple pay for it via their rates in­clud­ing set­ting up a per­ma­nent trust that could ac­cess fund­ing sources not ac­ces­si­ble to in­di­vid­u­als.

‘‘Any dis­cussed with the com­mu­nity through the Long Term Plan con­sul­ta­tion process.’’

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