Households switch on to smarter heating
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.
Warming up: Sandringham residents Sheryl, Mecano and Norman Abuyan.
left, and Col and insulation
workers, from left: Rex Corpuz, Ryan