The Nelson Council could be funding for warmer homes in the region. Photo: File.

Local homeowners up for insulation subsidy

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More hard up Nelson homeowners will now be able to afford to make their homes warmer and dryer thanks to a fortuitous meeting between the Energy Minister and local advocates.

Last month the Government extended the eligibility for Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes insulation grants to include low-income home owners.

The Warmer Healthier Homes Nelson Tasman Marlborough group had a meeting, organised by local MP Nick Smith, with Energy Minister Judith Collins when she was in Nelson earlier in the year.

Local trustee Bill Dahlberg says the group, including Absolute Energy’s Paul Brockie, discussed the programme in the Nelson region and highlighted that homeowners with young children were missing out on government funding to support retrofitting insulation into homes.

“Then, a while later, it’s announced that homeowners qualify,” says Bill.

“It shows what a difference can be made when we get in front of the right people.”

Bill says it meant that government money could be added to funding from Nelson City Council and the Rata Foundation to give more people warmer homes.

“This funding allows us to complete our year three program with confidence that we will now pass our target of a total of 700 warmer homes, that’s 2000 warmer healthier people.”

Over the past eight years, about 300,000 homes across the country have been insulated through the Warm Up New Zealand insulation programmes.

For more information visit www.energywise.govt.nz

You may qualify for an insulation grant if the house was built before the year 2000, and you own the home and have a Community Services Card, or your named tenant has a Community Services Card.

Grants are also available for low-income households and tenants with high health needs.