ANZ introduces Good Energy Home Loan for environmental upgrades, electric cars

The ANZ bank and an electric vehicle
Customers can borrow up to $80,000 at a three-year fixed rate of 1 percent per annum. Photo credit: Getty Images

ANZ Bank has launched a new low-interest home loan rate for customers wanting to increase the energy efficiency of their home.

The Good Energy top up will allow customers to borrow up to $80,000 at a three-year fixed rate of 1 percent per annum.

That can be put towards the likes of solar panels, double glazing, ventilation systems and rain tanks, as well as electric and hybrid vehicles and EV chargers, the company said.

The one downside is the deal is only available to those with an existing ANZ home loan or those who transfer their mortgage to the bank.

Ben Kelleher, ANZ's managing director for personal banking, said people were increasingly concerned about rising energy and fuel costs as well as environmental sustainability.

"Whatever the motivation; saving money on your utility bills, future proofing your home, collecting rain water to last you through summer, being more energy efficient or reducing carbon emissions, this loan removes some of the cost barriers for people wanting to make a change," he said.

According to the bank's data, 80 percent of people have plans or would like to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Those who weren't were mostly put off by the cost.

"Home owners who invest in good energy initiatives will also benefit from cost savings over time on things like heating and power and the increased well-being that comes from a healthier home," Keller said.

The move by the bank comes at a time where more Kiwis than ever want to buy an EV.

The latest EY Mobility Consumer Index, released last month, showed that 49 percent of respondents to their survey in Aotearoa were intending to buy a fully electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid car, a new high.

That was an increase in intent by 19 percentage points over last year's survey.

The survey had 13,000 respondents across 18 counties, with car buyers in Italy (73 percent) and China (69 percent) the most committed to buying an EV, with Australians (38 percent and Americans (29 percent) lagging way behind.

At the other end of the scale, Australians (38 percent) and Americans (29 percent) are the least committed.

"There is no doubt New Zealand consumers are increasingly leaning towards electric vehicles, this is partly down to escalating petrol prices making internal combustion engines more expensive to run, but environmental concerns also remain top of mind," said Ashley Kearton, leader in EY's Power and Utilities practice.

Environmental concerns were cited across the world as the biggest reasons for respondents to buy an EV, although fuel price rises were also a concern.

"We're really excited to be launching this offer for our home loan customers and helping them get started on their energy efficiency journey," Kelleher said.