By NZHJ July 12, 2018 Heating & cooling

New "Warmer Kiwi Homes" programme offers more funding and is limited to insulation in its first year with heating grants to follow starting July 2019.

Following the conclusion of the "Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes" grants programme for landlords at the end of June, the Government yesterday launched a new four-year "Warmer Kiwi Homes" programme.

"Warmer Kiwi Homes" will be run by the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) and focuses on the needs of lower income homeowners who live in low decile areas or have a health condition or a community services card.

Applicants must live full time in homes built before 2008 so baches aren't included.

Initially focusing on ceiling and underfloor insulation (plus ground moisture barriers where required), with the programme, the Government has lifted the level of funding per grant from 25% per fitout to two thirds of the cost.

Grants for insulation will not be capped but grants for heating (available from July 2019) will have an upper limit and insulation must be installed before or at the same time as a heating appliance.

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