Residents gradually warming up to idea of home-heating appraisals

More South Canterbury people are taking the opportunity to have their heating needs assessed.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) contracted EnergySmart to judge heating needs in South Canterbury homes. South Canterbury.

Otago branch manager Rowena McLintock says the number of people wanting their homes assessed is definitely beginning to pick up.

The contract has been in place since October last year.

"We had three people come through the door after the Home Show," McLintock said.

"So far there have been 22 people who have requested heating assessments and three of those have not proceeded to assessment stage."

The homes assessed had fires older than 15 years.

"The assessment is primarily available to houses with woodburners older than 15 years, unless we have an authorisation or request from Environment Canterbury to proceed otherwise."

The focus on woodburners older than 15 years is because of ECan's proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan, which aims to improve the air quality in Timaru.

ECan is offering grants towards the installation of compliant woodburners.

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It released the proposed plan for public notification on February 28. As part of the plan, open fires will be prohibited in Timaru homes from January 2016.

The public can make submissions before May 1.

 - The Timaru Herald

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