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Save energy with some free coaching

3 August 2010

Save energy with some free coaching

Wellington City householders can now get some expert advice free of charge to help them make energy-saving changes to their homes.

As part of its award-winning Climate Change Action Plan, Wellington City Council plans to spend $100,000 this financial year assisting at least 800 households to make their homes more energy efficient.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the offer includes a free home energy assessment by a trained coach, a detailed action plan tailored to the needs of each household and subsidies on a range of energy-saving products.

“We want as many Wellingtonians as possible to be living in warm, dry, comfortable homes with affordable energy bills,” she says. “As a community, it’s good for our health and productivity and, as a city, it will help us to collectively reduce our carbon footprint. We hope that people who benefit from this scheme will tell their friends and family to maximise its impact.”

Home coaches from service providers Home&dry will be able to offer simple tips on how to save energy, explain changes that could potentially be made to homes and the assistance on offer through the Warm Up New Zealand scheme for insulation and energy-efficient heating systems.

They will look at a range of things – everything from heating, lighting and water use to how you dry your clothes and dispose of household waste – and answer your questions. If you are on a tight budget, they will come up with low-cost, cost-effective suggestions, and people renting can apply provided the property owner agrees.

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The initial assessment, which takes about two hours, is free to the householder and the coaches will have a range of easy-to-install products with them, including low-flow showerheads, energy efficient light bulbs, hot-water cylinder wraps and draught stoppers, that they can put in on the spot if people want them to. The Council will pay 50 percent of the cost of these particular products up to a total of $115.

The coaches are trained to provide Homecoach assessments, which have been jointly developed by BRANZ, Beacon Pathway and the New Zealand Green Building Council with support from the building industry, key government agencies, the Department of Building and Housing and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.


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