Free insulation is available for house owners who have a community services card or where the house is in an area which has been identified as ‘low income area’. A special subsidy is possible which can be between 67-85% depending on the circumstances. The service is provided by the Wellington  Sustainability Trust who will assess your situation and advise what is possible.

Insulation Information Sheet: Download Insulation-infosheet-Sustainability_Trust.
More information about the programme and your eligibility here:
If you don’t have a Community Services Card please check the following link here:

Own a community Services card? Then free lined Curtains are available for cold homes:
Energise Ōtaki, in cooperation with the Wellington Sustainability Trust, also operates the Ōtaki Curtain Bank. If you have a Community Services Card you can apply to get recycled lined curtains made to fit your windows from donated curtains. You can apply until early November. Pick up your measurement form at the Ōtaki Citizens Advice Bureau or you can download a form or fill it online. More information and a form can be found here:

Energise Ōtaki has helped over 190 families and provided 490 pairs of curtains since 2016.

Take the opportunity and talk directly to us about your situation and find out how we can help you. Either contact Hanna Wagner-Nicholls a  Energise Ōtaki ( or go to the Ōtaki Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm, 65A Main Street, ph 06 364 8664.