Warmer Kiwi Homes FAQs

Find out more about the Government's new insulation programme.

Warmer Kiwi Homes FAQs

If I get insulation this year, can I come back and get a heating appliance installed later?

Yes, you can. Grants for insulation will not be capped but grants for heating will have an upper limit. Insulation must be installed before or at the same time as a heating appliance. It doesn’t matter if your insulation was installed outside Government programmes but it must be assessed by a Warmer Kiwi Homes service provider to make sure it meets minimum programme requirements.

Can anyone in the home have a Community Services Card for the household to be eligible?

The homeowner needs to have the Community Services Card to be eligible for a grant.

If I don’t have a Community Services Card, are there other ways I can qualify?

You may qualify if you live in a lower-income area. Contact a service provider to find out if your address qualifies.

Does the programme cover the whole country? 

Remote rural locations may not all be covered by service providers. However, service providers may collect a list of houses needing insulation in remote areas and complete these jobs as a special project.

Is wall insulation included?

No, the programme covers ceiling and underfloor insulation.

Does my bach or holiday home qualify?

No. Warmer Kiwi Homes is aimed at permanent, low-income homeowners (owner-occupiers).

Heating grant FAQs

When will heating grants be available and what’s covered?

Grants for heat pumps, wood burners and pellet burners will be available from July this year.

How do I find out if I’m eligible?

To be eligible for a heating grant your home must have existing ceiling and underfloor insulation that is up to EECA standards.

You may qualify for a heating grant if:

  • you are the homeowner (owner-occupier)
  • your home was built before the year 2008
  • you have a Community Services Card or SuperGold combo card, OR
  • you own and live in a home in an area identified as low-income
  • you don’t have an existing operational heating appliance in the main living area.

More information about grants for wood and pellet burners and heat pumps will be available soon on the Energywise website, including the maximum amount of the grant and the process for applying for a grant.

How much will I have to pay?

You will need to contribute to the cost of a wood burner or heat pump – more information will be available soon about the maximum amount that the grant will cover.

How complex and time-consuming will it be to apply for a grant?

EECA Energywise is working on a process to make applying for a grant as easy as possible.

Why do I need to have my home insulated before applying for a heating grant?

Insulation is the top priority for creating a warm, dry home and provides the greatest health benefits.

How will I know if my home is insulated to EECA standards?

If your home has been insulated through a Government insulation programme, that will be confirmed when you apply for a heating grant. Otherwise an EECA insulation Service Provider will check.

Can I apply for a grant for heating if I have already received a grant for insulation?

Yes. You can apply for a grant for heating if you have already received a grant for insulation but you will need to meet the eligibility criteria.

Can I get more than one heater?

No, the grant is for one heater for each home and in the main living area.

Why are the grants for heat pumps and wood and pellet burners?

EECA has chosen heaters that are effective at heating large areas, relatively low-cost to run and contribute to Governmental goals of lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Will I be able to choose a specific model of heating appliance?

There will be some choice of wood burner or heat pump brands but the installer will make sure the model is sized correctly for the space that needs to be heated.

Do I have to get the building consent from my council for the wood or pellet burner?

The installer will apply for the building consent from your local council.

Are grants available across the country?

Grants may not be available in some remote rural locations and islands.