Warmer-homes scheme a winner

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 16:00 30/10/2012
Dawne Cutter
TOASTY WARM: Foxton woman Dawne Cutter is a big fan of the house she rents after it was insulated under the Warm Up Foxton scheme.

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More than 500 homes in Foxton have been warmed up in the past year under an insulation scheme unique to the Horowhenua town.

Warm Up Foxton, which was launched a year ago, offered all homeowners in the town's residential zone a heavily reduced price on home insulation, as long as their home was built before 2000.

Community Services Card holders would get free insulation, while everyone else would be in line for a discount of up to 70 per cent.

The Insulation Company spokesman Andrew Pegler said there had been almost 700 inquiries under the scheme, with 561 houses having insulation installed. About $2.1 million had been distributed under the scheme, with 520 homes getting free insulation.

But there was room for 850 to 900, he said.

"We want to help Foxton become the first fully insulated town in the country."

Dawne Cutter lives in the first house to be insulated under the scheme. She said it had made a huge difference.

"The floor doesn't feel as cold any more and it's far nicer when I put the fire on."

She said friends of hers who lived in houses that had been insulated under the scheme were also fans.

The joint project was estimated to cost $5.4 million.

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