Financial help is available
If you live in a Clean Air Zone and have a Community Services Card, you may be eligible to get up to 100% of the costs of a replacement ultra-low emission wood burner or efficient heat pump through an Environment Canterbury home heating subsidy.
For more information, including the full eligibility criteria, visit Environment Canterbury's financial assistance page.
North and Central Canterbury
Community Energy Action (CEA) provides home heating subsidies in Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Christchurch, and Ashburton. Give them a call on 0800 438 9276 (0800 GETWARM) or go to the CEA website to find out more.
More financial support options
You can also check your eligibility for EECA’s Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, a government initiative that offers grants to low-income homeowners for insulation and new heating appliances.
You may also be able to get a low-interest loan through your bank to cover the cost of a new heating appliance and/or insulation. Some home heating retailers also offer payment terms so you can pay off your new heat pump or ultra-low emission wood burner over time.