Hawke's Bay: Get Insulation & Heating on your Rates

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Hawke's Bay Regional Council's 'Heatsmart' Programme

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council's 'Heatsmart' Programme lets Hawke's Bay homeowners and landlords with properties in particular "Airzones" get home insulation and a heat pump and pay for it through your rates bill over up to 10 years*.

The aim of the programme is to make Hawke's Bay homes warmer and healthier by offering an easy finance option for home insulation and heat pumps and to improve air quality. 

Landlords with low income tenants, and low income homeowners may also be eligible for 55% insulation subsidies (for homes built pre-2000) as part of the government's Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme.

Smart Energy Solutions are proud to be an approved provider in the local "Heatsmart" programme and can help with the paperwork. Here's a copy of the Council's Application Pack and Clean Heat application that you may wish to read through before we visit.

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Which Airzone are you in?

Ratepayers in Airzones 1 and 2 can access insulation and heating funding through the Heatsmart programme. Airzone 1 generally covers the urban areas of Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North, and Napier. Airzone 2 covers the remaining areas within the Napier and Hastings airsheds. Whirinaki and Awatoto are excluded. 

The funding is only available for homes that are uninsulated (or have inadequate insulation) and for heat pumps only when they are replacing a non-compliant woodburner.  To be eligible for the Heatsmart funding you must:

  1. Be a Hawke's Bay Regional Council ratepayer
  2. Be up to date with payments on your rates
  3. Have quotes from an approved insulation provider (that's us!)


Funding for Insulation and Heat Pumps

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council's programme provides up to $4,500 of funding support for home insulation products which can be used for ceiling or underfloor insulation.

It also offers $4,500 for heat pumps (& wood burners, gas fires or heaters) for homes in an airzone replacing an existing non-compliant fire or woodburner only, and a one-off grant of $700 to decommission a non-compliant fire and replacing it with a compliant heat source.

^ The $4,500 heat pump assistance is only for homes in an airzone who are replacing an existing non-compliant fire or woodburner. 

Pay if off over up to 10 years

The funding is repaid through your regular HBRC rates bill and is itemised as a "targeted rate". The repayments are over a period of 10 years and you can make additional repayments if you wish to pay it off earlier.  

If you sell your house before fully paying off the financial assistance you are legally required to disclose the existence of the targeted rate to potential buyers. Alternatively you can pay the outstanding amount off in full prior to selling.

Adding insulation will mean you use less energy (electricity, wood, gas) to create the equivalent warmth and so you can save money while you're paying the insulation off.

What is the interest rate?

The targeted rate is interest bearing to cover the council's costs. The interest rate for insulation is 6.5% per annum, heat pumps are 3.5% per annum, and is reviewed annually. Insulation of $4,500 would have an approximate repayment of $51.08 per month.  

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Combining Rates Funding & EECA Subsidies

If your property is eligible for insulation subsidies as part of the government's Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme you can use the Council's rates programme to address your heating at the same time. 

The insulation subsidies are provided through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and will automatically be included on any quote for these items.

If you are a Unison customer in the Hawke's Bay region, you may be eligible for additional subsidies for your home, but do note, that funding is limited and is available while subsidies last.

Book a Home Assessment with us today and we can walk you through the subsidies and funding available.

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