Clean Heat Clean Air - Subsidy Information

If you are a homeowner in Arrowtown, Cromwell, Clyde, Alexandra or Milton, you may be eligible for financial assistance to switch to a more efficient, clean heat source for your home under ORC’s Clean Heat Clean Air programme.

The Clean Heat Clean Air programme helps qualifying homeowners replace their old, inefficient burner with a new, ultra-low emission wood burner or other clean heating appliance such as a heat pump, gas fires or pellet fires.

This subsidy is available in Otago towns where air pollution during winter is among the worst in the country.

 

What is on this page?

How do I know if my burner is inefficient or not?

My burner does not meet the standard, what do I do now?

How much is the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy?

How do I know if I am eligible for the heating subsidy?

How can I apply for the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy?

What appliances are covered under the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy?

What else can I do to help improve the air quality in my neighbourhood?

List of approved contractors.

Who else can I talk with about heating my home more efficiently?

  

How do I know if my burner is inefficient or not? ^

Inefficient burners (coal burners, pellet fires and wood burners) are burners that cannot be lawfully installed or used under ORC’s Regional Air Plan rules. These include:

  • Burners that have an emission rate greater than 0.7g/kg or a thermal efficiency below 65%, in Arrowtown, Cromwell, Clyde, Alexandra; or
  • Burners that have an emission rate greater than 1.5 g/kg or a thermal efficiency below 65%, in Milton

Most wood burners installed before 2007 do not meet these standards.

Check the status of your existing heating appliance here to see if your burner is compliant.  

 

My burner does not meet the standard, what do I do now? ^

To help homeowners transition towards ultra-low emission heating, ORC has committed $120,000 until 30 June 2020 towards subsidies to replace inefficient burners with ultra-low emission heating.

This subsidy is allocated on a first-in-first-served basis if you’re eligible.

 

How much is the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy? ^

As of 1 April 2019, approved applicants can receive the following subsidies:

  • General income (not means-tested)
    • $2500
  • Low income families in Air Zones 1 and 2 with homes built before 2008 may qualify for an additional subsidy through Warmer Kiwi Homes on top of the ORC Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy. For this reason, the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidies for low income families are as follows:
    • $2000 for the replacement of inefficient burners; or
    • $750 for the replacement of a burner that already meets the efficiency standards

Please visit the EECA website for more information.

 

How do I know if I am eligible for the heating subsidy? ^

You will be eligible for the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy if all the following apply to you:

  • You own a home in urban areas of Air Zone 1 (Arrowtown, Cromwell, Clyde and Alexandra), or Air Zone 2 (Milton).
  • Your home was built before the year 2008.
  • Your current burner does not meet the standards above and you agree to have it removed or decommissioned by an ORC-approved contractor.
  • You install an ultra-low emission appliance from the ORC-approved list (see list below).

Low income homeowners in Air Zones 1 and 2 may also be eligible for a further subsidy under the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme to assist with the purchase of an ultra-low emission appliance. For more information, visit the Warmer Kiwi Homes website.

 

How can I apply for the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy? ^

  • Step 1: Contact an ORC-approved heating contractor in your local area.
  • Step 2: Your chosen contractor will arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your heating needs.
  • Step 3: Your contractor will then provide you with a quote for your new heating appliance – this will include the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy. There is no need for you to apply for the subsidy; your contractor will organise it on your behalf.
  • Step 4: Your contractor will organise any building permits and electrical certificates needed, and install your new heating appliance.
  • Step 5: Your contractor will arrange the removal and disposal of your old appliance.
  • Step 6: You enjoy a cosy home with your new clean heating appliance.

   

What appliances are covered under the Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy? ^

  • Heat pumps (all models)
  • Flued gas heaters
  • Pellet fires
  • “Ultra-low” emission wood burners as per the list below:

BRAND AND MODEL

WATER HEATER

Bionic Fire Studio

None

Blaze King Chinook CK30.NZ

None

Blaze King Sirocco SC20L.NZ

None

Blaze King Sirocco SC20P.NZ

None

Blaze King Sirocco SC30L. NZ

None

Blaze King Sirocco SC30P. NZ

None

ETA SH20 Gasification Boiler

Hot Water Boiler

ETA SH30 Gasification Boiler

Hot Water Boiler

ETA SH40 Gasification Boiler

Hot Water Boiler

Froling S4 Turbo 15

Hot Water Boiler

Froling S4 Turbo 22

Hot Water Boiler

Froling S4 Turbo 28

Hot Water Boiler

Froling S4 Turbo 38

Hot Water Boiler

Froling S4 Turbo 40

Hot Water Boiler

Harris Ferva Saturn

None

Jayline UL200

None

Jayline Walltherm Air

None

Masport Cromwell

None

Masport Mystique

None

Metro Ultra Insert

None

Metro Wee Rad Ultra

None

Pyrclassic IV

None

Pyroclassic Mini

None

RAIS Bionic Fire

None

Tropicair Duo

None

Tropicair Duo Wet

Wetback

Tropicair Rua

None

Woodsman Serene

None

Woodsman Serene WB

Wetback

Xeoos Twinfire X8

None

   

What else can I do to help improve the air quality in my neighbourhood? ^

If you choose to use a wood burner to heat your home, please consider that 95% of air emissions in polluted towns come from chimney emissions, mainly from burning coal or wet wood.

  • Only burn dry wood (with moisture less than 20%). You can check the moisture level of wood with a wood moisture reader. These are available at most home hardware stores.
  • Don’t burn rubbish, plastic, green waste or electronics.
  • Use kindling and plenty of paper to get your fire started quickly – remember, a hot fire is an efficient fire.
  • Don’t burn coal – it produces more harmful pollutants than wood and may damage your burner.

For more information on what you can and can’t burn, visit our Burning FAQs page.

   

List of approved contractors ^

If you want to use a heating contractor who is not currently listed, please ask them to contact us to see our service contract requirements.

AirMax Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Ltd

Mantel

Mitre 10 Mega Queenstown

PBS Plumbing and Building Services

Dan the Chimney Man

Air Con Heat Pumps Otago

Hayes Building & Construction

McLellan’s Plumbing and Heating

Mitre 10 Cromwell

Not Just Plumbing

Dan the Chimney Man

Air Con Heat Pumps Otago

Central Otago Mitre 10

McLellan’s Plumbing and Heating

Dan the Chimney Man

Air Con Heat Pumps Otago

Central Otago Mitre 10

Central Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Ltd

McLellan’s Plumbing and Heating

Dan the Chimney Man

CT Electrical Ltd

HeatCo Ltd

Milton Hammer Hardware

Otago Pellet Fires

Rayners Ltd

Southern Plumbing & Heating Ltd

The Dunedin Fireplace Ltd

Otago Pellet Fires

Roslyn Mowers & Heating Ltd

Smart Energy Solutions

Yunca Heating

  

Who else can I talk with about heating my home more efficiently? ^

Cosy Homes Trust

For free information and guidance on accessing subsidies for heating and insulation, and general help with advice on keeping your home warm, dry and energy efficient.

http://www.cosyhomes.org.nz

 

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

EECA’s Warmer Kiwi Homes subsidy provides grants for ceiling and underfloor insulation and they will cover up to two thirds of the cost of heating appliances (capped at $2500) - in addition to our Clean Heat Clean Air subsidy.

https://www.energywise.govt.nz/funding-and-support/funding-for-insulation/

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