Healthy Homes

New Zealand town provides subsidy for healthy homes

Wed, 02/29/2012 - 11:17

Low-income residents in Dunedin, New Zealand will be able to receive help this winter, as they will be helped by a new subsidy that helps to provide new heating systems and insulation for their residences, according to the Otago Daily Times.

The news source reported that the subsidy, which may end up covering 75 percent of the cost of the new system or installation of the insulation, will be available to 100 residents.

The Times reported that the people who qualify for the subsidy will be able to receive assistance as soon as possible, and the program has built off previous work that led to the installation of new technology and products in more than 2,000 homes in the area since 2007.

"People will get their home insulated at a very sharp price," Paul Orders, the chief executive of the city council, told the news source. He noted that the new heating systems may "have a positive effect on the lives of Dunedin residents."

Although the funding was less this year, due to financial constraints, the contributions will go a long way toward giving people in the area a new weapon for combating the cold that winter months bring.

New heating systems for residents may allow for a more efficient delivery of warmth, especially if radiant heating technology is used. Some products are more beneficial than others, as a Warmboard system also helps to limit energy consumption and costs.

A Warmboard radiant heating system will also limit the presence of allergens and contaminants, something that more conventional heating systems accounted for. Because the Warmboard product does not rely on the use of radiators, air ducts or heating vents, it is able to run without negatively influencing the quality of the air.