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You may be eligible for a heat pump subsidy

You may be eligible for a heat pump subsidy

Subsidies are available for many Kiwis

Experts agree that having a warm home provides many health benefits. The NZ government has heard and responded to this rationale by providing several grants to qualifying households, including the possibility of a subsidised heat pump. 

While insulation is the best way to keep heat inside the home, you need a good, efficient source of heat to begin with. Fortunately, modern-day heat pumps are excellent because they combine heating and cooling into a single unit. The heat pump subsidy will cover at least two-thirds of the heat pump and installation, up to $2500. As a grant, this money does not have to be paid back.

 

Who is eligible for the subsidy?

Any homeowner who has a Community Services Card is automatically eligible. If the homeowner doesn’t have one, they may still be eligible depending on where they live. Certain parts of Southland may still qualify. To find out if your home is eligible, simply ring 0800 WARM SOUTH and we’ll let you know if your home qualifies.  

 

What if I already got the insulation grant? Can I still get a subsidised heat pump?

Even if you already have received subsidised insulation, you can still apply for the grant for a heat pump. As long as you still meet the eligibility guidelines, you can still apply for and receive a subsidised heat pump.  

 

Do I need insulation to get the Heat Pump Subsidy

Yes; in most cases. As insulation is the most effective climate control option, installing insulation is the priority for the grant programme. However, in rare cases, putting in insulation may not be possible due to the home structure or parts of the property being inaccessible, or if there is no space in the ceiling or under the floor.

If your property is one of these, you can still get the heat pump subsidy if you are eligible. However, this requires more than simply stating that insulation cannot be put in due to inaccessibility; the decision must be made by a company licensed for installing insulation. Awarua Synergy is one of these companies.

 

What kind of heat pump will I get?

Warmer Kiwi Homes has a list of approved heat pump models that the grant covers. An appropriate heat pump for the layout and size of the property will be selected from that list and then installed. Act now while the grant is still in effect! To get a free, no-obligation quote, call or contact Awarua Synergy today.

Call your expert team at Awarua Synergy on
0800 WARM SOUTH for a FREE, unconditional assessment.

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Check hot water temperature, make sure it’s at 55 degrees at the tap (60 degrees at the Hot Water Cylinder)

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If you’re going away on holiday, turn off you hot water cylinder and any standby appliances, even if its just for a short time, it will save energy and money.

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Insulating a home is an investment for future generations who live in the house

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Opening windows for 20 minutes per day to ventilate will help get rid of trapped moisture and stale air, making your home easier to heat

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Space heating is 36% of household energy use

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NZ has one of the highest rates of asthma in the OEDC that's 1 in 4 children, costing us about $4 billion per year

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If you have mould growing inside your house clean it with white vinegar as this kills it and then try and ventilate daily by opening windows

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Damp air is harder to heat

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Limit in door plants to prevent moisture

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Insulation makes your home warmer, drier and healthier….and it lasts for generations

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Opening windows 20 minutes per day exchanges air making home easier to heat

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Consider efficient heating, such as heat pumps, wood burners, wetbacks

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Use kitchen extractors when cooking or use pot lids, extractors for bathroom must run 20 minutes after your shower to remove moisture

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Net curtains prevent free solar gain from the sun to heat your home, only use if necessary

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Warmer drier homes = fewer hospital admissions

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Run heat pump in “Heat” mode not in Auto, if you going out switch off, clean filters regular, get professional to do internal clean every 2 years.

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At 3% inflation, household energy bills are set to double again in the next 20 years

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Un-flued portable gas heaters can cause a huge amount of moisture and toxic fumes in the air, leading to moisture problems resulting in mould issues

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Cold damp homes mean more Asthma

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Insulation Government study (Motu report) shows 5 to 1 benefit from investment, primarily in terms of health outcomes and reduced hospital admissions

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Place beds on internal walls away from windows, especially new born babies, young children or anyone with respiratory conditions.

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Cross ventilating by opening two windows in a room can help exchange fresh air faster, if there is fog outside wait until the fog has lifted to prevent extra moisture entering the home

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Open windows on opposite side of house to create cross ventilation

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Don’t add unnecessary moisture

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Choose the right sized externally vented extractor fan for the job, a fan to small wont remove moist air and a fan too large can create draughts, ensure you have automatic controls, such as a timer which runs for 20 minutes after it is turned off.

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When opening curtains ensure they are pulled back or tied back as far as possible, any window not exposed to the free solar gain of the sun, decreases free heating your home can use.

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Cleaning mould with white vinegar kills it

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Close of unused rooms so that you are not wasting energy heating them

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Damp air causes respiratory problems

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If your shower fills a 10 litre bucket in less than a minute, fit a shower flow restrictor to cut hot water costs significantly.

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Open curtains during the day to allow the sun to heat your home and then close them just before sunset

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Make sure insulation is installed correctly as the performance can drop.

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Recommended temperature for utility or laundry rooms should be 14-16 degrees

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When cooking ensure other parts of the house are closed, if doors are left open the warm moist

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Wrapping how water cylinders and lagging pipes can help reduce electricity costs of heating hot water

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Drying clothes inside creates 5 litres of moisture per day

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Curtains are your windows insulation. Three layers are best and make sure that they hang below the window or to the floor.