The Government’s initiative to help insulate New Zealand homes has been an outstanding success. Today we have reached the milestone of 150,000 homes insulated under Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart, said MP for Taupo, Louise Upston.
“With the early snowfall last week, temperatures are clearly dropping, and it is in this weather, that the benefits of this scheme will really kick in” says Louise.
“Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart is making a real difference to people in Taupo and throughout the country. To date 10,713 houses in Bay of Plenty have been retrofitted under the scheme” Louise said.
“Each of those homes represents around two to three people so up to 32,000 people in the Bay of Plenty are now better off.
“Delivering better public services is one of National’s four key priorities, and insulating homes is a great example of this. Insulated homes are easier and cheaper to heat and keep at healthy temperatures. Warmer homes mean fewer visits to the doctor, and less need to take time off work or school.
“The scheme is run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and offers funding to homes built before 2000 to help homeowners get ceiling or underfloor insulation. The programme is also a key part of our Relationship Accord with the Maori Party and our Memorandum of Understanding with the Green Party.
“I’m pleased that we have reached the milestone of 150,000 homes insulated under the scheme, and particularly delighted that this includes Taupo households, and people in our community are now living warmer and healthier lives,” Louise says.