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Over 20,000 warmer, drier homes in Canterbury

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National MP Nicky Wagner welcomes new statistics indicating over 20,000 Canterbury homes have been retrofitted with good quality insulation and clean heating since the start of the Warm Up New Zealand Heat Smart scheme.

"In May/June this year, 1260 retrofits were carried out in our region, and the total for the year to the end of June reached 8865," says Nicky Wagner.

The Christchurch based MP has emphasised the importance of warm, dry, and healthy homes at this time of year, particularly for those with quake damage.

"It's pleasing to see those families who have taken advantage of the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme will be feeling the benefits now that winter is well and truly on us," Wagner says.

"During these cold months, many of us suffer from colds, flu, asthma, and allergies that proper insulation and heating can help prevent. Thanks to new under-floor insulation, ceiling insulation, and clean heating such as a heat pump, a total of 20,621 Canterbury households now have healthier homes.

"So far more than 114,000 homes around New Zealand are warmer, drier, and healthier thanks to the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme. That's more than 300,000 people enjoying better living conditions.

"This is a win-win situation for Canterbury. If you haven't yet had your home retrofitted, you can call EECA on 0800 749 782 to find out if you're eligible." says Nicky Wagner

Anyone who has a home built before 2000 is eligible for 33 per cent off the cost of installing ceiling and under-floor insulation up to a maximum of $1300. Community Service Card holders can get 60 per cent off the cost of installing insulation.

The National-led Government is spending $347 million over four years to retrofit at least 188,000 homes. Since July 2009, more than 114,000 homes around New Zealand have been retrofitted through the scheme.

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