House­holds switch on to smarter heat­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Hun­dreds of house­holds will soon need fewer hot-wa­ter bot­tles to keep cosy and warm.

The gov­ern­ment’s sub­sidised in­su­la­tion scheme – Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart – started on July 1 and will cover one-third of the costs of a home’s in­su­la­tion.

San­dring­ham res­i­dents Col and Sh­eryl have made the most of the scheme and were hav­ing un­der-floor and ceil­ing in­su­la­tion in­stalled last week.

“This win­ter has been par­tic­u­larly cold,” says Sh­eryl.

“We’ve had gas heat­ing which made the house moist, and there has been con­den­sa­tion.”

Hav­ing lived in the area for 15 years they also plan to to get a heat pump.

“Heat pumps are ef­fi­cient and will make things warmer and dryer.”

She says the house, built in the 1920s, has a laun­dry and kitchen that face south, which makes the rooms colder.

They hope the in­su­la­tion will re­duce their power bill which Col says is around $150 to $200 a month plus the cost of gas.

The in­su­la­tion is cost­ing about $2800, of which the gov­ern­ment will pay onethird to a max­i­mum of $1300, and their heat pump will cost $3300, of which the gov­ern­ment will pay $500.

“We prob­a­bly wouldn’t have done it without the sub­sidy,” says Sh­eryl.

“I’m hope­ful it will help lower in­come fam­i­lies.”

Premier In­su­la­tion in­staller Rex Cor­puz says Sh­eryl and Col’s house was the 10th job his team had done since the scheme started.

“The ceil­ing usu­ally takes about half an hour and the un­der-floor about three to four hours de­pend­ing on the prod­uct we are us­ing.”

Mr Cor­puz says most house­holds are hav­ing both ceil­ing and un­der-floor in­su­la­tion in­stalled but not the heat pump.

He says the tem­per­a­ture a fully in­su­lated house is be­tween 16 and 18 de­grees, com­pared with 12 de­grees pre­vi­ously.

The pro­gramme, run by the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity, is cost­ing around $323 mil­lion.

Re­gard­less of in­come, fund­ing for in­su­la­tion can be claimed at 33 per­cent of the cost, to a max­i­mum of $1300.

The in­staller must be reg­is­tered to take part in the scheme.

Home­own­ers with houses built be­fore 2000 are el­i­gi­ble and land­lords can also ap­ply for in­su­la­tion in their rental prop­er­ties.

The gov­ern­ment will also help pay for a clean heat­ing de­vice as long as the house has cer­ti­fied in­su­la­tion first.

Com­mu­nity ser­vices card­hold­ers can get higher lev­els of fund­ing – 60 per­cent of the cost of in­su­la­tion and $1200 for a clean heat­ing de­vice.

About 27,000 homes are ex­pected to be fit­ted with the in­su­la­tion and heat pumps by July next year.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the scheme go to www. en­er­gy­wise.govt.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Warm­ing up: San­dring­ham res­i­dents Sh­eryl, Me­cano and Nor­man Abuyan.

left, and Col and in­su­la­tion

work­ers, from left: Rex Cor­puz, Ryan

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