Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Audit aims to green hundreds of city homes

1 September 2006

Energy audit aims to green hundreds of city homes

Auckland City is helping to fund a programme, which will see hundreds of the city's homes undergo an energy audit in a bid to improve energy efficiency.

The council is joining forces with the EcoMatters Environment Trust and has contributed $12,500 to the EcoWise Energy Efficiency Advice Programme.

Under the programme, an energy advisor will visit 400 Auckland city homes and conduct a comprehensive energy audit. The advisor will then prepare an energy efficiency plan for homeowners that will help them save energy, reduce costs, and create drier, healthier homes.

The chairperson of the Environment, Heritage and Urban Form Committee, Councillor Christine Caughey, says the programme benefits both participants and the environment.

"Those involved will benefit by seeing their annual power bills reduce significantly and this will translate into a wider benefit through reduced demand on the national grid.

"This kind of approach also helps to address the problem of climate change by lessening the need for further energy generation, especially power plants that rely on fossil fuels."

Many aspects of the household are considered during the audit, from the under floor insulation through to the amount of hot water used in the shower. Advice is given on the way energy is used within the household, and which appliances are the most efficient.

Ms Caughey says the average Auckland household uses 9000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year costing around $1500.

She says most households can simply and easily reduce power bills by making small changes to the way they operate.

These include: * testing the tightness of door seals on fridges and feezers * cleaning heating and cooling filters once a month * buying high star rated appliances * replacing light bulbs with high efficiency bulbs.

EcoMatters energy efficiency advisor, Ben Bell, says replacing four of the most-used light bulbs with high efficiency bulbs can save the average household around $75.00 per year.

"The audit helps residents to understand their energy use and plan for savings. This benefits them, but more importantly, it helps protect our environment so that future generations can enjoy the unique Kiwi lifestyle."

The EcoWise Energy Efficiency Advice Programme complements existing council initiatives, including the Snug Homes project and the Communities for Climate Protection framework.

Ms Caughey says, "This initiative also fits in with the development of our sustainability strategy, the Mayoral Taskforce for Sustainable Development and our environmental policy, which are about using resources wisely so that they continue to be available for our children and grandchildren."

The energy audit takes about one hour, costs $39.00 and includes four free Philips high quality compact fluorescent light bulbs. At this stage, the audit programme is limited to 400 homes only.

To book an audit or to find out more, call the EcoWise energy efficiency adviser on 826 4276 or email ben@ecomatters.org.nz


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news