The upfront cost of insulation and clean heating can be a big strain on the family finances. Auckland Council’s Retrofit Your Home programme lets you add this cost to your rates and spread the repayments to suit your budget – making a warmer, drier, healthier home more affordable.
If you are a ratepayer and up to date with your payments, you can apply for up to $5000 financial assistance from the council. This can be used to retrofit your home with ceiling and underfloor insulation, a heat pump or efficient wood burner, fire place removal, water tank installation or water-efficient devices.
Retrofit Your Home assistance is subject to interest at the same rate paid by the council, typically around 7 per cent. Repayments are made through your rates bills over a period of up to nine years, although you can pay it off faster by making extra payments as it suits.
Get started by downloading the helpful information pack, which includes a list of approved suppliers and an application form.