Clean Heat Clean Air

If you live in Central Otago or Milton and want to improve your home heating and air quality we may be able to help you make the switch.

If you are a homeowner in Arrowtown, Cromwell, Clyde, Alexandra (Air Zone 1) or Milton, you may be eligible for our assistance programme to help you replace your old, non-compliant burner with a new, compliant wood burner or heating appliance.

The benefits of clean heating include:

  • healthier and safer for you and your family
  • easier and more convenient to use
  • more efficient than older-style heating
  • provide increased comfort throughout your home
  • improve the air quality in your neighbourhood.

You are eligible for the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy if:

  • you own a home in the Air Zone 1 towns of Arrowtown, Cromwell, Clyde and Alexandra, or the Air Zone 2 town of Milton
  • your home was built before the year 2000
  • your burner does not meet the Air Plan regulations and you agree to its removal or decommissioning by an approved ORC contractor
  • you agree to install an approved clean heating appliance or approved wood burner.

What can I install?

To meet your home heating needs, the Clean Heat Clean Air programme offers a selection of approved clean heating appliances including heat pumps, pellet burners, flued and un-flued gas heaters/fires, and approved wood burners.

This doesn’t mean that you should say goodbye to cozy nights by the fire – approved wood burners are an option. Any new wood burner installed in Air Zone 1 and Milton must have an emission discharge rating of 0.7g/kg or less of fuel burnt and a thermal efficiency (how well it burns fuel) of no less than 65%.

You can find a complete list of approved home heating appliances here -  MfE and ORC.

How much is the subsidy?

As of 1 July 2013, approved applicants can receive the subsidy value of:

  Amount
Community Services Card Holder $2,000
General Income $1,500

 

How to apply for the subsidy

  1. You contact an ORC-approved heating contractor in your local area (see below).
  2. The contractor will arrange a site visit to assess your burner.
  3. They will provide you with a quote – this will include Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy deduction.
  4. They will arrange the removal and disposal of your old appliance.
  5. The contractor will install your new heating appliance and organise any building permits from the
    local council, if required.
  6. Enjoy your new, clean heating appliance.

Download the Clean Heat Clean Air brochure here:

Central Otago (Alexandra, Arrowtown, Clyde or Cromwell)

Milton

Our approved contractors

You are not limited to these heating contractors listed below. If you wish to use a contractor not currently listed, please ask the contractor to contact us to see our service contract requirements.

Arrowtown

  • Mitre 10 Mega Queenstown
  • AirMax Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Ltd
  • Mantel

Cromwell

  • McLellan’s Plumbing and Heating
  • Hayes Building & Construction
  • Air Con Heat Pumps Otago
  • Mitre 10 Cromwell
  • Not Just Plumbing

Clyde

  • McLellan’s Plumbing and Heating
  • Central Otago Mitre 10
  • Air Con Heat Pumps Otago

Alexandra

  • McLellan’s Plumbing and Heating
  • Central Otago Mitre 10
  • Air Con Heat Pumps Otago
  • Central Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Ltd

Milton

  • HeatCo Ltd
  • Milton Hammer Hardware
  • Rayners Ltd
  • Southern Plumbing & Heating Ltd
  • The Dunedin Fireplace Ltd
  • CT Electrical Ltd
  • Otago Pellet Fires

Other

  • Roslyn Mowers & Heating Ltd
  • Yunca Heating
  • Smart Energy Solutions
  • Otago Pellet Fires

 

Guide to domestic heating appliances

The following gives a guide to the status of existing domestic heating appliances in each Air Zone and states what domestic heating appliances you can install in a building in each Air Zone.

Status of existing domestic heating appliances

A flow chart has been prepared to enable you to determine what restrictions apply to using your existing domestic heating appliance.

Download the guide to the rules for discharges from domestic heating appliances in Otago

Installation of domestic heating appliances

Follow the installation guide to determine what domestic heating appliances you can install

Download the installation guide 

You can find a complete list of approved home heating appliances here - MfE and ORC.

What happens if the domestic heating appliance I want to install is not on the MfE or ORC lists?

  • The lists may not identify all appliances that meet the emission and thermal efficiency standards. Some which meet the relevant standard may have become available since the information was compiled.
  • If you are unsure what the emission or thermal efficiency standards of an appliance are, most manufacturers and distributors are happy to advise of them on receipt of an appliance's serial number.
  • If you find a model of domestic heating appliance that is not on a list but does meet the emission and thermal efficiency standards, please contact us or the Ministry for the Environment, so the manufacturer or distributor can verify its performance and have it included on the relevant list.
  • Earlier models of an appliance on an approved list may exist, but they may not meet the emission and thermal efficiency standards. Care should be taken when buying second-hand appliances as they may no longer meet the emission and thermal efficiency standards.
  • Untested appliances, appliances not tested using a procedure recognised by the Air Plan, or any appliances tested and approved, but subsequently modified, are prohibited. This includes any appliances that have had air controls interfered with.
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