Allan Emslie (Sustainability Trust) installs underfloor insulation
If your home was built before 2000 and doesn't have adequate insulation or heating, you're probably eligible for a government subsidy of up to $1,300 off the purchase of approved insulation and $500 off a clean heating system - one that produces little or no air pollution.
Extra assistance is available to community services cardholders or their landlords. If you're a community services cardholder, you can get 60% off the costs of insulation and $1,200 off the costs of a clean heating appliance. Landlords with tenants with community service cards can get 60% off the costs of insulation and $500 off the costs of a clean heating appliance.
The average cost of installing both ceiling and underfloor insulation in an average-sized Wellington home is about $3,500.
The aim of the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart campaign, run by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), is to improve insulation and clean heating in the country's houses.
The Council's Senior Policy Advisor, Zach Rissel, says warmer homes will make big differences in the city.
"We're working with EECA and Greater Wellington Regional Council to ensure Wellington homes are well insulated and efficiently heated.
"We want to help Wellington residents use less energy to heat their homes in order to help reduce overall energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
"Ultimately, better insulation and heating in our homes also means improving the quality of life in Wellington."
To get a free assessment and quote for insulation and/or clean heating under the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme, and to check your eligibility, go to:
Funding for Insulation and Clean Heating - EECA website
Greater Wellington Assistance Offer
To make the retrofits even more affordable, Greater Wellington is offering extra support.
If you're a ratepayer and your rates payments are up to date, your house was built before 2000 and you qualify for an EECA grant, you're also eligible for assistance of up to $2,600 to help fund the remaining cost.
Greater Wellington's assistance is paid back with interest over nine years through your property's rates. If you sell your house during that period, the new owner will continue the repayments through the property's rates for the remaining term.
Details of the assistance package are recorded on the property's Land Information Memorandum (LIM).
It's easy to apply for the Greater Wellington assistance offer. EECA-registered service providers can help homeowners complete the relevant application forms.
For more information, call 0800 496 734 or go to:
Home Insulation and Clean Heating Assistance - Greater Wellington Regional Council website