A Home&dry assessor looking for underfloor insulation. A Home&dry assessor looking for underfloor insulation. CREDIT: Wellington City Council

Free Home Energy-use Assessment

Tuesday 24 January 2012, 2:51PM
By Wellington City Council


Made that new year's list of DIY jobs for the summer? Now is a good time to consider how to make your home warmer, drier and healthier, with affordable energy bills.

As you think about home repairs and renovations, why not take up our offer of a free, independent assessment of how your home rates when it comes to energy use and what you can do to make improvements. Energy-saving measures can be anything from simple, low-cost changes through to insulation, heating or double-glazing.

The two-hour free assessment, by a trained 'coach' from service provider Home&dry, looks at everything from heating and lighting to water use. They will give you impartial advice, simple tips and a detailed action plan tailored to your needs and budget.

The assessor will bring a range of easy-to-install products - such as flow restrictors for taps, hot water pipe lagging and energy efficient light bulbs - and put them in on the spot if you want them to. A low-flow shower head, for example, will reduce water flow from 18 litres per minute to 7.5 litres. We will pay 50 percent of the cost of these up to a total of $115.

If you are on a tight budget, the coach can also explain the help on offer for insulation and energy efficient heating systems through the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme.

The Home Energy Saver programme is part of our award-winning Climate Change Action Plan, with a goal to help 800 households make their homes more energy efficient. More than 100 homes have been assessedmsince it was launched in August last year.

To find out more or book your free home assessment, phone Home&dry on 0508 466 363 or email

For more information on our Climate Change Action Plan, visit:

Climate Change Action Plan