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Update from Community Energy Action: February 2017

Wednesday, February 08, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: Community Groups, heating, housing

New subsidies available for landlords

As many of you are aware, recent changes to the Residential Tenancy Act requires all rental properties to be insulated by mid-2019.

CEA is offering a 50% insulation subsidy on any private rental property built before 2000 that is tenanted by a community services card holder (condition apply).

A seasonal 25% discount applies to all other rentals and homeowners.

These subsidies are likely to decrease in years to come. Insulation checks are free, with no obligation to proceed.

Use the referral form on the CEA website to refer any clients who may fit this criteria. CEA are able to facilitate the conversation with landlords about obligations, assessments and subsidies.

Free Build Back Smarter Assessments Available

We currently have funding to provide free home energy assessments (“Build Back Smarter”) for Greater Christchurch residents. These assessments provide tailored advice on how to make your home warmer, drier, healthier, and cheaper to run. Our trained assessor looks at:

  • insulation and heating,
  • ventilation,
  • hot water settings,
  • electricity usage, plan and provider,
  • draught stopping,
  • appliances,
  • curtains and more.

The assessment includes is a detailed report, outlining steps and priorities to make your home more energy efficient in a cost-effective way, taking lifestyle and income into account. These assessment are suitable for tenants and homeowners. Our energy assessors are among the highest qualified assessors in the country.

Discretionary funding may be provided for those outside the Christchurch area, on a case by case basis.

Contact CEA to book a Build Back Smarter assessment.

Quiet time at the Curtain Bank

Summer is generally quieter at our Curtain Bank, which means clients can receive their custom sewn, lined, recycled curtains much faster than they can in winter.

We urge anyone in need of good curtains to get through the winter to get in touch now.

Fill out the online measurement form for the CEA Curtain Bank.

Large Cardboard boxes needed

We are in the process of assisting the set-up of a new curtain bank on the West Coast. We need large cardboard boxes (dimensions around 510 x 380 x 580mm) to package up curtains so we can send them over.

Contact Gayle if you have any boxes you are willing to donate (03 374 7225).


Community Energy Action logo.Call 0800 GET WARM (0800 438 9276) for more information about any of these services, or to chat to a friendly energy advice professional. You can also:

Donate to support Community Energy Action's work.

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