Northern News : August 17th 2011
10 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2011 FREE QUOTES p. 09 407 4719 Kerikeri p. 09 404 0293 Kawakawa e. firstname.lastname@example.org w. w w w.abovezero.co.nz Registered Electricians Electrical Repairs & Maintenance Refrigeration Heat Pumps Home Ventilation Systems Keep WARM & COSY! Get 6 Kw of heating for only $2600 -- installed! *conditions apply NEW ZEALAND'S FAVOURITE AIRTM HEAT PUMPS - AIR CONDITIONING - COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION Contact your local accredited installer Royce on 09 407 9087 or 027 286 6528 is definitely here so be a COOL KIWI and not a COLD KIWI and get your heat pump now and SAVE on your power bill! 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Under the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme you can get up to $1300 funding (33 percent of the total cost) towards the cost of ceiling and under floor insulation if your house was built before 2000. What insulation can I get? Both ceiling and under-floor insulation must be installed to minimum standards to get funding. Concrete floors and inaccessible ceiling areas do not need to be insulated. The funding cannot be used for double glazing or wall insulation. There are a number of different types of insu- lation under the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme. Funding is available to bring insulation up to recommended levels but you can t get funding to insulate beyond that level. The types of insu- lation include wool, poly- ester, fibreglass, mineral fibre and polystyrene (but not in the ceiling.) The Efficiency and Conservation Authority approves insulation products for use based on performance and safety: What funding is available? If your house was built before 2000 you can get funding towards the installation of ceiling and under-floor insu- lation. Funding for insu- lation: All eligible houses 33 percent of the total cost up to $1300 (incl GST) Homeowners who hold community services cards 60 percent of the total cost, or more than 60 percent if you qualify for a special project. Landlords with tenants who hold com- munity services cards 60 percent of the total cost Things to note: You can t get funding if you install the insu- lation yourself. The authority needs to man- age the programme effectively and ensure the safety, quality and performance of the insu- lation. Funding is avail- able through a registered service provider. Go to www.energwise.govt.nz. Higher efficiency heat pumps save us $58m ' It's really important that heat pumps deliver good heating performance without using more energy than necessary. ' Terry Collins Better performing, more efficient heat pumps saved Kiwis $58 million of electricity in one year, according to sales data compiled by the Energy Efficiency and Conser- vation Authority. Heat pumps are now found in one in four homes in New Zealand, and they are installed in half of all new homes. As New Zealand s fastest growing form of home heating, it s really important that heat pumps deliver good heating performance without using more energy than necessary, Authority products pro- gramme manager Terry Collins says. Our programme to improve the energy efficiency of heat pumps works in two ways. First it sets efficiency standards which appliances must meet in order to be sold in New Zealand, and second, it uses labelling, like the energy rating labels and the energy star mark, to help people choose the more efficient products, he says. The sales data also shows that two-thirds of heat pump buyers are opting for ones that carry the blue energy star mark which are the most efficient appliances on the market. Energy star is the independent, inter- national mark of energy efficiency, and is only awarded to the highest efficiency products in a category. Checklist for buying a heat pump Get your insulation sorted first. It ll be easier and cheaper to heat your home. There s funding available to help -- visit www.energy wise.govt.nz. Choose an energy star qualified model. They re the most efficient heat pumps on the market. Compare similar models with the energy rating label. All heat pumps have one -- the more stars, the better. It also gives more information about how much energy it uses and heat it produces. Opt for a reputable retailer/supplier with experienced installers. Get the right size. Too small and it ll cost you more to run, and it may not keep up with your heating needs. As a guide, check out the heater sizing calculator at www.energy wise.gov- t.nz/heater-sizing-cal culator. Match it to your cli- mate. As the tempera- ture drops, so does the performance of many heat pumps. Ask your retailer/supplier for heat pump that can perform well at average outdoor winter temperatures in your area. Learn how to use it efficiently. Only heat the space you re using, when you re using it. Set the unit to turn on half an hour or so before you get home, instead of leaving it running all day while you re not there. Clean the filters regularly. Find out more or download the guide How to choose a heat pump and use it wisely at www.energywise.govt.nz/ heat-pumps.
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