Many qual­ify for keep warm cash

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

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.

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