Stay warm and dry this winter thanks to NPDC

12 April 2019

Winter is just around the corner and our Maunga is already getting its blanket on. 

NPDC can help ratepayers to heat or insulate their homes to keep the cold weather at bay thanks to the Home Energy Scheme. 

Ratepayers may be eligible to apply for up to $5,000 for clean heat products (such as a heat pump) or $2,600 for installing insulation, paying this back through their rates. 

“Paying for expensive items like a heat pump or installing insulation can be difficult so NPDC tries to make it easier for residents with the Home Energy Scheme,” says NDPC Chief Financial Officer Joy Buckingham.

“Many homes aren’t warm enough or have poor insulation so give us a call and we’ll see if the scheme can work for you to get your house warm and dry this winter.”

To qualify, residents need to be ratepayers, be up to date with rates and pay by direct debit. For help with insulation, your home has to have been built before 2000 and your home must be insulated properly to qualify for assistance to pay for water heating and clean heat products.

To find out if you qualify for the scheme, call us on 06 759 6060 or go to newplymouthnz.com/Council/Sustainability/Home-Energy-Scheme.

NPDC works with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to bring the scheme to ratepayers. EECA can also fund heating and insulation through grants for those with a Community Services Card or SuperGold card. 

The Government has allocated $142 million over four years for insulation and heating grants. To find out if you are eligible free phone 0800 749 782 to talk to EECA Energywise or use the eligibility tool on their website www.energywise.govt.nz/tools/warmer-kiwi-homes-tool/

Home Energy Scheme fast facts

  • The scheme is used by ratepayers to pay for insulation, water heating and clean heat products.
  • Money is paid back through rates via a Voluntary Targeted Rate, over 9 years.
  • Ratepayers should get in touch with an NPDC-approved installer for a free assessment of their homes.
  • For solar water heating or a wood fire, residents need to apply for a building consent.

Home Energy Scheme EECA