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

 


Encouraging Aucklanders to insulate their homes

Media release
6 May 2013


Encouraging Aucklanders to insulate their homes

Now summer is giving way to cooler conditions, homeowners are invited to explore Auckland Council’s initiatives to prepare their properties for the winter months.

Whether upgrading an existing home or building a new one, Auckland homeowners can benefit from council’s free home assessment from trained Eco Design Advisers. Advisers give independent and informed advice on how to create a healthier home and environment and save on household running costs.

Auckland Council is also helping people to make their homes warmer through financial assistance packages. The Retrofit Your Home programme offers up to $5,000 towards the cost of insulation and clean heating solutions, with the first $1,300 of insulation upgrades being offered free under the Government funded Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Energywise subsidy.
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse says around 400,000 homes in Auckland have no or inadequate insulation. The vision of the Auckland Plan is to substantially raise living standards for all Aucklanders and focus on those most in need.
“The Retrofit Your Home programme helps more families in Auckland have access to well-insulated, warmer and healthier homes,” she says.

“With winter approaching, we’re encouraging people to apply now for the support available. An early application will help ensure the insulation, heating or other solutions homeowners decide on is organised before the cold weather sets in.”

Since its regional launch in 2011, over 5,500 Auckland homes have already taken part in the Retrofit Your Home programme. Repayments under the scheme are added to the homeowner’s rates bill over a nine-year period, so the borrowing is attached to the property and not the individual.

More information on the programme, and how to apply, is available online at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or by calling 09 301 0101.

To book a consultation with an Eco Design Adviser, or to arrange a presentation at an event, email Eion.scott@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Ends

Editors notes
• Available regionally since July 2011, Auckland Council’s Retrofit Your Home scheme has just received an additional $2 million funding boost to help ensure more people across the region can benefit from the programme during this financial year.
• To be eligible for assistance under the Retrofit Your Home programme, the applicant must be an Auckland Council ratepayer with a good payment history and up-to-date rates payments, and the house to be retrofitted must have been built before 2000.
• Under the programme, up to $5000 financial assistance can be applied for through the council towards the cost of retrofitting their home, with the money to be repaid over nine years through the property’s rates bill. (Interest applies.)
• Eligible households can apply for the Warm-Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation programme for an ENERGYWISE™ grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) which does not have to be repaid. More information can be found on this online at www.energywise.govt.nz
• A survey of homeowners using the Eco Design Service showed that 80 per cent made changes to their existing house or new house design as a result of receiving the advice. The most popular improvements were ceiling and underfloor insulation, lined curtains or drapes, draught proofing and energy efficient lighting.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news