A recent report by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency) on their Warmer Kiwi Homes program found that families fitted with heat pumps experienced dramatic improvements in their health. The proportion of respondents reporting that they were in excellent or very good health increased from 46.2% before the heat pump was installed to 61.5% after installation.
Warmer Kiwi Homes provides low-income homeowners with government grants to cover 80% of the cost of ceiling and floor insulation and 80% of the cost of an approved heat pump up to a $3,000 cap. With additional funding from local foundations in many regions of the country, insulation and heating installations can be more affordable or even free. Policy initiatives such as these, which promote more efficient heating and improved thermal comfort in homes, are important in reducing the incidence and severity of respiratory diseases and associated hospitalizations.
For this reason, The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) is delighted to welcome Warmer Kiwi Homes as a new sponsor to their Friends of the Foundation programme.
“We all know that when it comes to respiratory health, a healthy home is an essential part of the picture,” says Letitia Harding, ARFNZ chief executive. “Too many Kiwis live in cold, damp homes, which has been shown to increase the risk of respiratory infections, asthma aggravation and potential asthma development. It’s great to have Warmer Kiwi Homes on board as a Silver Sponsor as our values are perfect They do such amazing work in the healthy home space and that’s something we want to support in any way we can.”
“We all want a warm, dry and healthy home, but that’s especially important if you have a respiratory condition, as changing jerseys won’t help if you’re breathing cold air,” says Warmer Kiwi Homes Manager Eddie Thompson. “Well-installed insulation and efficient heating are critical to improving the health and well-being of your family. We are very excited to partner with the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, who share our focus on healthy homes for all New Zealanders.”
To find out if you are eligible for a grant visit the Warmer Kiwi Homes tool – EECA tools
About the Warmer Kiwi Homes Interim Report: The Warmer Kiwis study is led by Motu Economic & Public Policy Research. This study focuses specifically on the heat pump component of the Warmer Kiwi Homes program and works directly with a panel of approximately 160 homeowners who have received or will receive an Efficient Heating Grant. Motu is collecting new data on health and well-being, indoor climate in homes (including temperature and humidity) and electricity consumption to examine the actual improvements achieved through the EECA program. Read Warmer Kiwi Homes interim report here.
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