Keeping your home warm (and healthy) can be challenging, particularly if it is an older home.
If you need tips on how to install a fireplace or fuel burner, how to access the Government's Winter Energy Payment offer, or you want to read up the Healthy Homes standards, these are detailed below.
Healthy Homes standards
The Government has signed off Healthy Homes standards and these will become law on 1 July 2019. The standards cover improvements to heating, insulation, and ventilation.
If you are a landlord or property owner, you should be aware of these changes and the improvements you may need to make to your property. Check out the Ministry of Health page for more details: www.hud.govt.nz/residential-housing/healthy-rental-homes/healthy-homes-standards.
Installing a fireplace or fuel burner
If you are considering installing a fuel burner or heater in your home, please check out our Building Services section for the steps that you will need to follow: www.qldc.govt.nz/planning/building-consents/heaters-and-burners.
Please also visit the Otago Regional Council website for guidance on regional air plans and possible restrictions in place: www.orc.govt.nz/plans-policies-reports/regional-plans-and-polices.
Winter Energy Payment
The Winter Energy Payment is back and available for 22 weeks from 1 May to 1 October 2019. The payment is available to seniors and families needing help to pay for heating as the months draw colder. To view the eligibility requirements and steps to follow, please visit the Work and Income website: www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/winter-energy-payment.html
The payment is a small intervention that will reach an estimated million low income householders (eligible beneficiaries, superannuants, veterans). Single people will receive an extra $20.46 a week ($450 for 22 weeks) and couples with dependent children will receive $31.82 a week ($700 for 22 weeks).