EECA Programme & Heat Pumps: Are they making a difference?

May 25, 2023

Warmer Kiwi Homes is EECA’s current programme aimed at making homes warmer, drier and healthier through improved energy efficiency.

EECA has delivered over 385,000 insulation retrofits and 75,000 heating retrofits through its retrofit programmes since 2009.

A recent report has been released which evaluates the heat pump component of New Zealand’s Warmer Kiwi Homes (WKH) programme. The programme includes provision of heat pumps in living areas for eligible households (based on neighbourhood or income) that do not have such heating. It also includes installation of retrofitted insulation for houses with insufficient insulation.

So if you’re eligible for a heat pump subsidy, is it worth getting one?

Households reported increases in warmth, comfort and satisfaction with their home, alongside a reduction in condensation and damp.
Living area temperatures increased, with the greatest gains when it was coldest outside, and at breakfast and dinner/evening time.
Household electricity use decreased at almost all times of day, and most significantly during the evening peak demand period.
Overall electricity use decreased 16% over the winter months.
Benefit cost ratios for the programme as a whole are 4.4 on a wellbeing and energy basis, and 1.9 on a health and energy basis.

The research found people who had a heat pump installed under the EECA programme:

  • Households reported increases in warmth, comfort and satisfaction with their home, alongside a reduction in condensation and damp.
  • Living area temperatures increased, with the greatest gains when it was coldest outside, and at breakfast and dinner/evening time.
  • Household electricity use decreased at almost all times of day, and most significantly during the evening peak demand period.
  • Overall electricity use decreased 16% over the winter months.
  • Benefit cost ratios for the programme as a whole are 4.4 on a wellbeing and energy basis, and 1.9 on a health and energy basis.

See if you’re eligible here >>

If you are, get in touch with our team – G-Force is an authorised service provider for EECA and our team have installed thousands of heats pumps.

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