General Information

Split the Bill and Buy Now Pay Later​ schemes are Council's way of assisting ratepayers with the cost of replacing non-compliant heating systems with their choice of a new clean heating solution​​ (wood burner, pellet fire, heat pump, or five star gas appliance).

Upgrades can usually be carried out with no capital outlay from the ratepayer. The cost of an approved upgrade will be paid by Council, with the total cost of funding the heating upgrade recovered from the ratepayer via a targeted rate over a nine to ten year period.

Council strongly recommends that ratepayers consider the standard of insulation in their home at the same time that a heating upgrade is being investigated. All heating appliances operate more efficiently and cheaply in a well-insulated home. The cost of ceiling and/or under floor insulation can be included in a Split the Bill and Buy Now Pay Later application if it is installed at the same time as a qualifying heating upgrade. It is possible that separate providers can be used for insulation and heating subject to Council approval. The Split the Bill and Buy Now Pay Later schemes cannot be used to pay for insulation only. 

To encourage the removal of all non-compliant heating systems from a dwelling, and to assist home owners to install the most efficient and comfortable new heating system; if all non-compliant heaters are removed from a dwelling – there is no limit to the number of new clean heat appliances that can be installed. If any non-compliant heaters remain in a dwelling after the upgrade, then replacement is limited to the number of non-compliant heaters removed on a one to one basis. 

How do I apply?​

Go to the Warmhomes Scheme Selector tool to apply - it only takes a few minutes!

  • You must have an existing non-compliant fixed heating appliance. A non-compliant heating appliance is an open fire, multi-fuel burner, or wood burner that is not on the Ministry for the Environments list of authorised wood burners. (This/these will be decommissioned and/or removed by the installer of the new Clean Heat appliance(s). It is important that any existing appliance(s) is/are not decommissioned and/or removed by the property owner/occupier. 
  • All rates for all properties owned by the ratepayer(s) must be up to date at the time of application.​
  • The clean heat solution will only be installed in an urban or rural dwelling.
  • Approved dry wood storage is available if a replacement wood burner is chosen by the ratepayer as the clean heat option.

The On the House scheme allows homeowners who meet certain criteria to have a non-compliant wood burner replaced with a fully subsidised clean heating appliance. The clean heat appliance is either a heat pump, pellet fire or wood burner. 

On the House eligibility: Home is owner-occupied; Home has open fire/non-compliant wood burner (over 10 years old); Homeowner has a Community Services Card or has applied for a Rates Rebate in the last two years or has a Gold Card with a Community Services card endorsement; Home was built before the year 2000; Approved dry wood storage (for homes wanting new wood burners, this is checked at the time of assessment); Are located within the Tokoroa Airshed; Priority is given to homes where there are children or people with high health needs eg cardiac or respiratory problems.

How do I apply?​

Go to the Warmhomes Scheme Selector tool to apply - it only takes a few minutes!

Page reviewed: 09 Apr 2018 3:41pm