Many qualify for keep warm cash
IF YOUR house was built before 2000 you are eligible for Government funding to install insulation and/or clean efficient heating, under the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme.
Better insulation and heating means your home will be warmer, cosier and easier to heat.
You can get up to $1300 or 33 per cent towards the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation if your house was built before 2000.
This funding can also be used for other energy efficiency measures, including:
a hot water cylinder wrap pipe lagging draught- stopping and ground moisture barrier
You can get $500 towards the cost of installing a clean heater in your main living area, if there isn’t one there already, your house was built before 2000 and your ceiling and under floor insulation is at the minimum standard.
Examples of clean efficient heaters include: Energy Star heat pumps Approved wood burners Approved pellet fires 4-star AGA-rated flued gas heaters
To apply for funding you just choose an approved service provider(s) in your area to start the process:
The provider will come to assess your home and provide you with a quote.
Confirm with the provider that you want to go ahead with the work.
The provider will then complete the work and bill you for your portion of the total cost.
The provider will contact the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to pay for the amount funded by the programme.
Usually service providers can assess your home within one week and get you insulated just 10 days after you accept their quote.
Find a provider in your area.
As well as the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme there are other ways the authority can help you to pay for insulation and heating:
Funding for Community Service card holders
Periodic payments through your rates bill
Waived bank fees for loans taken out to fund insulation
Warmer, drier homes bring health benefits especially for those with other conditions which are made worse by living in cold and damp houses.
The Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme aims to retrofit more than 188,500 homes across New Zealand so they become easier and cheaper to heat – and warmer, healthier and drier as a result.