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Insulation Adds Rosey Glow To Retired Couple

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Insulation Adds Rosey Glow To Retired Couple

Retired school principal Adrian Mullan and his wife Alison have been living in the house they built together since 1975, but when they had their new insulation installed they noticed a world of difference.

Adrian says the concrete block and brick house near Wakefield faces true north to capture the sun, but even with that design advantage, he says the insulation has been a real boon.

“It’s comfortably warmer. There is a difference in the ambience of the room temperature and it seems to maintain the warmth better,” he says.

The Mullans decided to add insulation to reduce their heating costs. Adrian says that so far this year they haven’t had to use any form of heating in the evenings to stay warm, because of the insulation.

“We had our ceiling insulation redone and had underfloor insulation installed. That has helped to trap air warmed by the sun in the house for longer, which means we’ve been able to save on heating costs.

Adrian says the company that installed the insulation also lagged the hot water pipes.

“They were very capable and efficient. It’s been a very good move and I am happy with it. The house is warmer and we are happy about the whole thing.

“I would recommend it to others too, the programme offers a good subsidy.”

EECA residential manager Robert Linterman says it’s great to see the Tasman region involved in the programme, and hopes even more residents will take advantage of the opportunity to insulate.

“Any house built before the year 2000 is eligible to get a grant under the programme. However, in the Tasman District Council area home owners can get further financial help. Under the Council’s voluntary rate scheme people can pay off the remainder of the installation cost through their rates bill over a set period of years.

“We hear so much from people that the scheme improves the quality of life for recipients and saves energy. I think it’s great that the Mullan’s are also feeling that,” he says.

So far 626 homes in the Tasman area have had insulation and/or clean heating installed through the programme which is run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) as part of their ENERGYWISE™ programme. 

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