Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart to focus on insulation

Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart to focus on insulation

12 September 2012

The priority for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) over the next 12 months is insulating as many homes as possible, says EECA Chief Executive Mike Underhill.

Latest Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart figures released today show 180,000 homes have been insulated to the end of August, including 7088 homes insulated in August alone.

Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart provides funding for both insulation and heating, however heating funding is now limited.

“Most service providers are likely to use up their heating allocation by the end of September, coinciding with the start of warmer weather,” Chief Executive Mike Underhill says.

“EECA has funded nearly 40,000 efficient heaters - heat pumps, wood and pellet burners, and gas heaters - since the programme began in July 2009.

“As the biggest benefits from the programme come from insulating houses, the majority of the remaining funding allocation is being focused on insulation grants from now on.

“Focusing on insulation represents the best use of government funding, and the biggest benefit for the homeowners.”

Funding would still be available for replacing inefficient wood burners or open fires in areas of poor air quality (Clean Air Grants).

In this year’s Budget the Government announced that the number of houses EECA would insulate would increase to 230,000. This is 41,500 above the previous four-year programme target of 188,500.

This includes a 72% increase in the number of low income houses being insulated overall, Mr Underhill said.

Regional figures for August

REGIONAugust - INSULATION RETROFITS2012/13 YEAR - INSULATION RETROFITSPROGRAMME TO DATE - INSULATION RETROFITS
Auckland2,1624,78942,066
Bay of Plenty5281,03311,865
Canterbury5681,24223,322
Gisborne1073093,781
Hawke's Bay4939269,807
Manawatu-Wanganui3357128,797
Marlborough46981,262
Nelson671253,043
Northland2745867,671
Otago3349569,376
Southland2055045,209
Taranaki2715425,654
Tasman551221,378
Waikato6681,53816,834
Wellington9242,18125,688
West Coast4387915
Un-confirmed Region8923,268
Total7,08815,842179,936

Questions and answers

What research has been done on the benefits of insulating homes?
A series of reports commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Development (now a part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) on the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme found that $5 worth of benefits arose from every $1 spent on insulating homes. Read the reports: http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/energy/energy-environment

Why is it more effective to fund insulation than heating?
Once you have insulation, any form of heating is more effective and cheaper to run. Most homes have some kind of heater.

When exactly will the heating funding end?
That depends on each service provider, and how quickly they work through their allocation. EECA expects most to have used their allocation by the end of September. This is when demand drops off due to warmer weather.

What are Clean Air Grants?
These are grants for replacing an open fire or inefficient log burner with an efficient heater, in the dozen or so areas recognised as polluted airsheds.

More information: http://www.energywise.govt.nz/funding-available/insulation-and-clean-heating/clean-air-funding

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Maritime Union: Calls For New Zealand Shipping To Resolve Supply Chain Crisis

The Maritime Union says there needs to be innovative responses to ongoing shipping congestion. Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Craig Harrison says it is essential that New Zealand develops its own shipping capacity... More>>



Greenpeace: Calls Foul On INEOS Rugby Sponsorship Deal

Greenpeace is calling foul on NZ Rugby’s decision to sign a sponsorship deal with the oil and plastic polluting petrochemical giant INEOS. "In the thick of the climate crisis, it’s gutting to see NZ Rugby sign a sponsorship deal with an oil and gas polluting conglomerate... More>>



Stats NZ: Quarterly Inflation Rising Steadily Across The Board

Higher prices for transport and food have driven up inflation for the all households group in the June 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today. The ‘all households group’ represents all private New Zealand-resident households... More>>


Real Estate: June Home Transfers Remain High
There were 44,517 home transfers in the June 2021 quarter, the highest June quarter figure since 2016, Stats NZ said today. The number of home transfers was very similar to the March 2021 quarter and was up 18,252 from the June 2020 quarter... More>>



Statistics: Household Saving Falls In The March 2021 Quarter

Saving by New Zealanders in the March 2021 quarter fell to its lowest level in two years after rising sharply in 2020, Stats NZ said today. Increases in household spending outpaced income growth, leading to a decline in household saving from the elevated levels that prevailed throughout 2020... More>>

ALSO: