Open fires, inefficient wood burners and poor wood burning practices contribute to Blenheim’s winter air pollution. Council encourages the use of heat pumps and modern, ultra-low emission burners that emit less smoke than the older, more polluting burners.
If your home still has an open fire, installing a heat pump or new wood burner is a good alternative. Open fires are no longer permitted in new house builds in town.
If your wood burner is older than 15 years it’s worth considering replacing it with a newer, compliant model, as new burners comply with National Environmental Standards for air quality.