07 March 2017
New Plymouth: Get Insulation or Heat Pumps on Council Rates
New Plymouth ratepayers - you can get insulation or clean heating (eg a heat pump) for your home and pay them off on your rates. But hurry - to get your insulation installed apply now!
Get a free home assessment now from Smart Energy Solutions and learn about how you can get home insulation or clean heating (such as a heat pump) and pay for it through your rates bill as part of the New Plymouth District Council’s Home Energy Scheme.
We’re proud to be an approved provider in the New Plymouth District Council’s Home Energy Scheme and can give you free insulation advice and help with the paperwork.
The aim of the programme is to make New Plymouth homes more comfortable and healthy by offering an easy finance option for home insulation and heat pumps which can be paid off over up to 9 years. We’re also an approved partner in the South Taranaki District Council’s rates support programme.
Smart Energy Solutions is New Zealand’s largest insulation retro-fitter and is also an approved insulation provider under the government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme with an excellent reputation for customer service and high quality installation.
Insulation keeps your home warmer and drier and can lower your power bills. Insulation creates a barrier to reduce heat escaping your home during winter - this can lower your energy bills. Even more importantly a study by the Wellington School of Medicine & Health Sciences* confirmed that people who live in insulated homes are healthier.
How Much Funding is Available?
The New Plymouth District Council’s programme provides up to $2,600 of funding support for home insulation products which can be used for ceiling or underfloor insulation installed by an approved provider (Smart Energy Solutions) in homes built before the year 2000.
If your home is already insulated then you can apply for up to $5,000 for the installation of clean heating products, such as a heat pump. To get support for a heat pump your home must already be insulated.
Who is Eligible for this Insulation Funding?
To be eligible for the Home Energy Scheme funding you must:
- Be a ratepayer for the home
- Be up to date with payments on your rates
- Own a home built before 2000 (for insulation)
- Have quotes from an approved insulation provider (that’s us)
- Must have insulation already installed to get assistance with clean heat products
How is the funding repaid?
The funding is repaid through your regular rates bill and is itemised as a ”voluntary rate". The repayments are over a period of 9 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 is 7% per annum and is reviewed annually. Insulation of $2,600 would have an approximate repayment of $34 per month.
You can trust Smart Energy Solutions
Smart Energy Solutions in Taranaki is a one-stop-shop that can give you quotes on ceiling insulation, underfloor insulation, heat-pumps and ventilation and heat transfer systems. Our Taranaki base is in New Plymouth and we can visit you in your home anywhere in the greater Taranaki region including Stratford, Hawera, Eltham, Opunake, Manaia and more. Because we sell a wide range of home energy efficiency products, you can rely on us to recommend the products your home needs first for maximum effect.
New Plymouth homeowners can enjoy our total home approach from a NZ owned business approved by leading organisations like EECA and the New Plymouth District Council. You can read more about our Taranaki team - our products, services and community involvement here.
You can also trust the products we supply as we only work with leading brands including Mammoth Modern Insulation, Bradford Gold glasswool insulation, Mitsubishi Electric heatpumps, Daikin heat pumps, Panasonic heat pumps, SmartVent, SmartVent Evolve and heat transfer systems.
Whether your focus is on being energy smart, healthier, more comfortable or improving your home’s sustainablity, trust Smart Energy Solutions.
* Howden-Chapman, P et al. "Effect of insulating existing houses on health in equality: Cluster randomised study in the community"