Powering warmer healthy homes
More than 40 homes in Pukekohe, Waiuku, Tuakau, Port Waikato, Drury and southern Papakura have been insulated thanks to the initiative.
Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the company is excited to participate in the community partnership which ultimately keeps local families healthier.
“We’re so proud to be part of the Warmer Kiwi Homes insulation programme making Franklin homes warmer, healthier and drier. This sponsorship is a natural fit for us as your local electricity distributor. Insulated homes are not only healthier but far easier to heat, reducing power bills and energy poverty within our community.”
New Zealand homes are often poorly heated and are consequently often colder than the minimum indoor temperatures recommended by the World Health Organization (18°C-20°C). Cold, damp air affects respiratory health, promotes mould growth and supports the survival of viruses. It is particularly important to have a warm home to protect lung health and to prevent hospital admissions for asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, cardiovascular disease and rheumatic fever.
South Auckland company GreenSide Energy Solutions has worked with Counties Power and EECA to insulate the 43 homes in the Franklin area and works around the Auckland region.
To find out more about the programme or to register for potential additional funding locally go to www.eeca.govt.nz.