A Canterbury trust working to make houses warmer and drier has been made homeless for the second time in 5 months but vows to keep going. Community Energy Action Charitable Trust’s Hazeldean premises, where they had moved to after the September earthquake destroyed their Moorhouse Ave building, were badly damaged in the latest quake. Despite the set-backs, the charitable trust will keep working and has already restarted insulation services in Rangiora last week.
“We are very fortunate that all of our staff are safe,” says Bede Martin, Chief Executive of Christchurch-based Community Energy Action. “Our sponsors and suppliers, especially lines company MainPower, are very supportive and are helping us in any way they can which is why we have been able to resume insulation installations so soon after this disaster.”
“Throughout Canterbury there are still a lot of people living in cold, damp homes so we still have a job to do. In fact if people want to help us they can, by asking us to install their home insulation and heating. We have insulation and heating subsidies for all incomes and any surpluses are used to provide higher subsidies to those who cannot afford insulation.”
“We also hope to fully re-open the Home Energy Advice Centre over the coming week.” The Home Energy Advice Centre provides free home energy advice over the phone 0800 388 588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Energy Action’s retail shop and Curtain Bank will remain closed for now. People can check Community Energy Action’s website www.cea.co.nz for contact details and further details on when these services will resume operations.