Southland community organisations have contributed $316,000 to the Government’s new insulation programme Warmer Kiwi Homes in Southland this year, making it even lower cost to homeowners, the Minister of Energy Megan Woods says.
“The Government has allocated funding of $142.5 million over four years for grants covering two-thirds of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation. So far, over 3200 homes have already been insulated under this programme. That’s thousands of families now able to enjoy warmer, healthier homes while saving on their heating bills.
Minister Woods welcomes the additional and generous funding from the Southland Warmer Homes Trust, Electricity Invercargill Limited, The Power Company Limited and the Gore, Southland and Invercargill District Councils– which means there is minimal cost to homeowners in the region.
“Grants are targeted towards those who need them most – homeowners with a Community Services Card, as well as people living in areas defined as having higher well-being needs.
“Too many New Zealand homes are cold and damp, leading to preventable diseases such as rheumatic fever and asthma. We can do so much better as a country than that. That’s why this Government is insulating homes, to keep people safe and healthy. It will mean less Kiwis ending up in hospital and more people able to afford to heat their homes.
“This sits alongside policies like the Families Package, the Winter Energy Payment and the Healthy Homes Guarantee which are seeing more Kiwi families able to enjoy warm, dry, healthy homes. This is all part of our Government’s plan to invest in New Zealanders and their families wellbeing,” says Megan Woods
“We are so fortunate here in Southland having all the funders co-ordinated, the Southland Warm Homes Trust with local third party funding to support our vulnerable community members to upgrade their insulation. We already have a waiting list that is growing, I advise getting in now to book a free assessment with our friendly team,” Sumaria Beaton Awarua Synergy
The Warmer Kiwi Homes programme is part of the Government’s confidence and supply agreement with the Green Party.
Green’s Energy Spokesperson Gareth Hughes says the policy will help more families keep warm this winter while saving them money.
“Making homes healthier and cheaper to heat whilst also reducing energy demand is the kind of win-win solution that is needed to tackle climate change whilst supporting our people to thrive.
We want to see every home in New Zealand properly insulated and this is a great start,” says Gareth Hughes.
People can find more information at energywise.govt.nz or free call 0800 749 782.
Grants for heating appliances will be available to low-income households from July 2019.
Contact: Hayden Munro 0272366966
Southland organisations that have contributed funding to the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme:
- Electricity Invercargill Ltd
- The Power Company
- Gore District Council
- Southland District Council
- Invercargill District Council
- Southland Warm Homes Trust
- Community Trust of Southland