Warm Tasman - Insulation Rates Repayment
16 August 2013
The Warm Tasman programme and government subsidies for the 2013-2104 year have changed and are being reviewed currently. This page will be updated as soon as possible.
The Warm Tasman voluntary rate will be offered for wood burner and open fire upgrades in the Richmond Airshed and also for insulation upgrades across the district. The rate repayment option still requires the finalisation of agreements with service providers. Please ring the Council for further information.
Your bank may also be able to assist with funding at a more competitive rate than offered by Council if you already have a home mortgage. Major banks currently offer special cheaper administration rates for a mortgage top up.
There is no longer any government subsidy available for either insulation or wood burner upgrades, except for some low income homes. Contact EECA for more information 0800 358 676. The financial assistance provided by the Warm Tasman programme is also currently not available for wood burners and is under review.
About the Scheme
The Warm Tasman programme and government subsidies for the 2013-2104 year have changed and are being reviewed currently.
You can apply for ENERGYWISETM funding from EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) towards upgrading insulation under the Warm Up New Zealand Heat Smart programme. This funding will be generally available until the end of September. After this, the EECA subsidy will only be available for low income households. Funding is no longer available for the upgrade of wood burners.
To help pay the balance needed for any insulation upgrade, homeowners can also apply to the Council for a Voluntary Targeted Rate for up to $2600 towards an approved insulation. This voluntary rate will be offered for wood burner and open fire upgrades in the Richmond Airshed and also for insulation upgrades across the district. This is paid back with interest over nine years along with your property’s rates as a separate voluntary rate.
- Information about the Clean Air funding in the Richmond Airshed
- Information about the ENERGYWISE subsidy
There are different types of insulation products available and your local service providers will be able to give you information about the best products for your needs. Insulation options include fibreglass, polyester, mineral fibre, wool and polystyrene (under floor only).
Heating appliances that produce little or no air pollution and are efficient to run are often called Clean Heating Systems. For homeowners in the Richmond Airshed there are a variety of systems that qualify as compliant wood burners. However, note that the subsidy for wood burner upgrades is no longer available, and the Voluntary Targeted Rate option is also currently not available.
Wood burners all have different characteristics and prices, so talk to your service provider about your situation. The clean heating appliance options include:
- approved solid-fuel wood burners;
- approved wood-pellet burners;
- ENERGY STAR – qualified heat pumps and 4-Star AGA-rated flued gas heaters.
Installation of woodburners and pellet fires requires building consent.
- About installing woodburners and solid fuel burners
- Application for Building Consent for Solid Fuel Heating Appliance
ENERGYWISETM has agreements with specific service providers which include specifications for product, price and performance requirements. A homeowner can select any of the service providers to carry out the insulation upgrades.
The service provider will assess the state and condition of insulation your home for free and let you know what options you have and how much they will cost.
You can get more than one quote. The service provider will help with application forms for the funding.
How to Apply
- Get in touch with ENERGYWISETM for the list of approved service providers. They are contactable via phone at Energy Wise on: 0800 358 676 or use their website
Find a provider who can help you or see the Council's Warm Tasman Brochure for local providers
- An installer will assess your home free of charge and provide options to fit insulation and heating. (You may wish to get more than one quote).
- The service provider will outline the funding options available to you through both ENERGYWISETM and Tasman District Council.
- Your selected service provider will help you complete the Warm Tasman Ratepayer Application Form
The Process That Follows
- If you choose to apply for Council financial assistance, send us your application and agreement along with the service providers quote in the supplied freepost envelope (all of which the service provider will supply you).
- If your rates are up to date we will approve your application within two working days of receipt and send you confirmation.
- We will also notify your service provider of this confirmation.
- When your installation is completed the service provider invoices ENERGYWISETM and Council. We both pay our agreed contributions to the service provider with any outstanding amount payable by you.
- Council will add your additional rating increase to your property’s Land Information Memorandum (LIM).
- Download the Warm Tasman Brochure
- Download the Warm Tasman Ratepayer Application Form
- Information about the ENERGYWISE EECA subsidy
- Information about Clean Air Funding in the Richmond Airshed
- Energy Wise
- Woodburners and Solid Fuel Heaters
- Building Consents