The ECO School (Castelcliff) is proud to announce that Bunnings Hardware, Sustainable Engineering and Mediaworks have joined a consortium of community groups, local businesses, and individuals seeking to make Whanganui residents healthier and happier through Project HEAT: Home Energy Awareness Training. They have joined the Wanganui Chronicle, Wanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation, and the Sustainable Whanganui Trust as in-kind partners offering goods and services toward the project. Tree Life New Zealand, Ltd. and an anonymous donor are the current financial donors, although we continue to seek funding.
Power bills have risen at a rate higher than wages and benefits for the last 10 years, and that trend is likely to continue. At the same time, many Kiwis suffer from illnesses associated with cold, damp homes. Additionally, power bills make up a larger percent of the expenses for low-income families and pensioners. Our consortium of community groups, businesses and media outlets seek to help all Wanganui households, but particularly those in need.
Project HEAT helps renters and owners alike make their homes warmer, dryer, healthier and less draughty in three ways: 1) presentations in every suburb explaining easy, low-cost ways to save energy at home; 2) home energy audits; 3) instructional DIY workshops that teach how to make and install low-cost energy-saving devices. Warmer, dryer homes improve the health of the occupants, and lower power bills make money available for other household expenses.
Presently we have funding for 10 neighbourhood presentations and 83 home energy audits. Our goal is to be able to provide 100 free home energy audits to low-income families and pensioners.
Working with our venue partners, the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Wai Ora Trust, and Progress Castlecliff, we have scheduled community presentations for Saint John’s Hill (4th, March), Aramoho (7th, March), Gonville (18th, March), and Castlecliff (19th, March). If you don’t see your suburb on this list, please alert your church, sports club, or local hall, and have them contact me as soon as possible.
A DIY workshop is scheduled for 11th May with our education sponsor, Community Education Services.