Navigating the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant: Common Questions Answered

The Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant is a significant initiative by the New Zealand government aimed at helping homeowners make their homes warmer, healthier, and more energy-efficient. However, like any government program, it can be complex to understand. In this comprehensive guide, we'll answer some of the most common questions about the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant, providing valuable insights for homeowners across New Zealand.

What is the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant?

The Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant is a government program that provides financial assistance to low-income homeowners in New Zealand. The grant covers up to 80% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation and, in some cases, the cost of a heat pump.

Who is Eligible For the Warmer Kiwi Homes Programme?

To be eligible for the insulation subsidy, you must be the homeowner and have a Community Services Card or CSC endorsed SuperGold combo card, or own and be living in a home in an area identified as lower-income (New Zealand SDI* 8, 9 or 10 area). Additionally, the home must have been built before 2008.

How can I apply for the grant?

To apply for the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant, you first need to check your eligibility. If you meet the criteria, you can then contact an approved service provider like EnergySmart to book a free home assessment. The assessor will provide a no-obligation quote for the work to be done.

What does the grant cover?

The grant covers up to 80% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation and, in some cases, the cost of a heat pump. This includes the purchase and installation of these upgrades to approved standards.

What will I have to pay?

The expected costs remaining after the grant funding vary depending on the size of the house and whether you need ceiling or underfloor insulation, or both. We recommend contacting our team here at Energy wise to book a free assessment to give you an exact figure.

What happens after I apply?

Once you've applied, an installer will contact you to arrange a free, no-obligation quote and let you know about payment options or extra funding available to you. You'll then arrange a time directly with the installer for the installation. You’ll need to sign a contract and pay the non-funded portion of the cost directly to them.

Can I get a grant if my house can't be insulated?

If your house can't be insulated — for example, if there's no space under the floor or ceiling — you may still be able to get a grant for a heater. An insulation provider contracted to EECA will have to assess your home.


The Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant is a valuable resource for homeowners in New Zealand looking to improve their home's energy efficiency and comfort.

It's important to note that funding is limited, and grants may not be available in some remote locations and islands. However, the EnergySmart team can assist you in determining your eligibility for free!

Remember, by taking advantage of the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant, you can make significant improvements to your home's energy efficiency, reduce your energy costs, and create a more comfortable living space for you and your family.

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