“I am getting older and last winter I felt the cold. It was very cold,” she says.
Susan, who retired 15 years ago, has lived in the same house for 50 years. “I am very careful. I have got two heat pumps, but I only use one, unless I have visitors staying.”
A few months ago, Susan picked up a brochure at a Grey Power luncheon and found out that as a senior citizen with a community services card she could get her house insulated through Healthy Homes, without any charge.
In January, she went online to the EECA Energywise website, made some calls, and arranged to have the insulation done through the Sustainability Trust. The Trust is a partner in the Warm Up NZ: Healthy Homes programme.
Two weeks later insulation ‘blankets’ were laid in the ceilings upstairs and downstairs, draught stoppers were installed on her back door and front door, and her hot water cylinder and pipes were wrapped. Susan says it took two men half a day and there was no mess and no worry.
Funding for insulation is provided by Wellington City Council in partnership with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
Wellingtonians are encouraged to pass this information on to anyone who may be in need of this limited-time offer that is available to a maximum of 150 homes in Wellington.
To see if you are eligible for free insulation, visit:
Insulation - Sustainability Trust