Government grants for heat pumps are no longer, after a report found insulation provided greater benefits than subsidising clean heating.
Fairfax reports that subsidies of $500 towards heat pumps and other types of efficient heating – part of the Warm Up New Zealand scheme – have been phased out.
No formal public announcement has been made, but the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority has already stopped giving grants to heating installers, the last of which will run out by the end of the month.
Meanwhile, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled ads for Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps were misleading following a complaint from competitor Fujitsu.
Fujitsu took umbrage with Mitsubishi Electric billboard, print and radio ads that claimed its heat pumps were "known to heat more effectively and quietly than any other heat pump in New Zealand".
The ASA ruled that the claims by Black Diamond Technologies, which imports Mitsubishi heat pumps, had not been substantiated and were likely to mislead.