A recent report by EECA (the Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority) on its Warmer Kiwi Homes programme
has found that families who were provided with heat pumps,
experienced a dramatic improvement in their health. The
proportion of respondents stating that they were in
excellent or very good health rose from 46.2% before heat
pump installation to 61.5% after installation.

Warmer
Kiwi Homes provides government grants for lower-income
homeowners, to cover 80% of the cost of ceiling and
underfloor insulation and 80% of the cost of an approved
heat pump, up to a cap of $3000. Thanks to additional
funding from local trusts in many regions of the country,
insulation and heating installs can be more affordable or
even free. Policy initiatives like this, which encourage
more efficient heating and improved thermal comfort in
homes, are important in reducing the occurrence and severity
of respiratory disease and related
hospitalisations.

For this reason, The Asthma and
Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) is delighted to welcome
Warmer Kiwi Homes as a new sponsor in its Friends of the
Foundation programme.

"We all know that healthy homes
are a vital part of the picture when it comes to respiratory
health," says Letitia Harding, Chief Executive of ARFNZ.
"Too many Kiwis live in cold, damp housing, which has been
shown to increase the risk of respiratory infection, asthma
exacerbation and potentially asthma development. It’s
great to have Warmer Kiwi Homes come on board as Silver
Sponsor, as our values are a perfect fit. They’re doing
such amazing work in the healthy homes space, and this is
something we want to get behind in any way we
can."

"We all want a warm, dry, healthy home, but
that’s especially important if you have a respiratory
condition, as putting on another jersey doesn’t help if
you’re breathing in cold air," says Warmer Kiwi Homes
Manager Eddie Thompson. "Well-installed insulation and
efficient heating is vital to improve the health and
well-being of your family. We’re so pleased to partner
with the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, who share our
focus on healthy homes for all New Zealanders."

To
find out if you’re eligible for a grant, visit Warmer
Kiwi Homes tool - EECA tools

About the Warmer Kiwi
Homes Interim Report: The Warmer Kiwis Study is being led by
Motu Economic & Public Policy Research. This study
specifically focuses on the heat pump component of the
Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, and works directly with a group
of about 160 homeowners, who have received, or will receive
a grant for an efficient heater. Motu is collecting new data
on health and wellbeing, the indoor environment in homes
(including temperature and humidity), and electricity
consumption to investigate the actual improvements achieved
through EECA’s programme. Read the Warmer Kiwi Homes
Interim Report here.

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