Change to the Warmer Kiwi Homes 80% grant rate - FAQ'S
May 26, 2021 at 4:00 PM
Have the grant levels been adjusted?
From 20 May 2021, grants will cover 80% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation and/or an efficient heater for low-income homeowners. The grant cap for a heater is $3,000, including GST. However, there is third party funding from community organisations in many parts of the country which makes the cost to some homeowners even lower.
Why have the grant levels changed?
Grant levels previously increased from 67% to 90% in April 2020. This was part of the Government’s immediate COVID-19 recovery programme, with the goal of assisting low-income homeowners in difficult times and stimulating demand to support the insulation and heating industries.
This initiative was hugely successful with sectors now reporting high demand, especially with the healthy homes standards for rentals coming into force in July this year.
With this in mind, we have set the new grant at 80%, which is higher than the pre-COVID-19 level. This reflects a balance between keeping costs for eligible households as low as possible, while also ensuring as many households as possible have access to warm and dry housing.
I already have a quote – what happens?
If you have a quote at the 90% grant level on or before 20 May 2021, you will be eligible for a 90% grant, but the quote must be accepted through your provider before 20 June 2021. If a quote has expired, your property may need to be assessed again, re-quoted, and the 80% grant will apply.
How much will I need to pay now for insulation?
The cost for installing ceiling and underfloor insulation in an average house will be about $640 when the 80% grant is applied. This cost will vary, depending on the size and location of the house, the amount of insulation required, and products used. In some parts of the country, generous contributions from third party funders means the cost to eligible homeowners is even lower.
How much will I need to pay now for an efficient heater?
The cost for an average heat pump will be about $520 with the 80% grant applied, although this cost will vary, depending on the size and model of heater required.
Due to the cost of installing wood or pellet burner you will generally still pay the same as before the grant change, as the $3000 including GST cap remains the same.
I can no longer afford insulation and/or an efficient heater. What are the options?
We suggest you get quotes from several installers contracted to Warmer Kiwi Homes – there may be additional funding available to help reduce your contribution in your local area.
If the Service Provider(s) has confirmed your eligibility at the time of assessment, an 80% Warmer Kiwi Homes grant rate will apply. Other funding may be available through the Service Provider in your area which may make your contribution lower.
I have booked in an insulation install at 90% grant and we also want to apply for a grant for a heater after the insulation is installed.
You will get a 90% grant for the insulation but the grant level for the heater will be 80%, capped at $3,000 including GST.
I would like to complain about the grant change. How do I do this?
Email the Warmer Kiwi Homes team on firstname.lastname@example.org.