The programme, which has been running for eight years, is part of the Council’s Te Atakura – First to Zero Plan and offers local ratepayers a free home assessment by the Sustainability Trust.
The Trust will do a thorough walkthrough of your home and look at lighting, heating, insulation and ventilation, check for any moisture and draught issues and identify ways to minimise water and energy use.
We joined Home Performance Advisor Craig Auty (pictured) during his two-hour assessment of Dianne Laws’ home in Newtown where he checked every nook and cranny. He looked at Dianne’s shower to check the waterflow, looked at her heat pump settings and even explored the drains.
After Craig finished his assessment, he wrote Dianne a full report and personalised action plan to help her create a greater energy efficient and sustainable home. Included in the report are quotes and further information about subsidies and other finance options available, as well as answer’s to Dianne’s questions.
“I love how the assessment was all done in one chunk with no fuss, and the report’s so easy to understand,” Dianne says.
“I had no idea there are so many little changes that can make such a big difference. I’ll definitely be making some changes and taking up advice I’ve gotten from Craig.”