Who is it for?
This Government has just anounced a new Warmer Kiwi Homes funded insulation program for low-income home owners, however this new program will exclude landlords.
Landlords with low-income tenants MUST ACT NOW, as you have until June 30th 2018 to apply for funding under the old Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes program. Landlords will be expected to contribute 50% of the cost, with the rest made up of funding from the Government and community-based funders.
Home owners with Community Services Cards, or living in an area deemed as lower-income are eligible for grants covering 67% of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation. Register your interest now to have your home insulated under the new Warmer Kiwi Homes program from 1st July 2018.
Warm Up New Zealand for Landlords
To be eligible for the 50% grant you must:
- be a landlord and your named tenant has a Community Services Card AND
- the house was built before the year 2000.
Warmer Kiwi Homes for Home Owner Occupiers
To be eligible for the 67% grant you must:
- be the homeowner (owner-occupier) and have a Community Services Card or SuperGold combo card, OR
- own and be living in a home in an area identified as lower-income (New Zealand Deprivation Index decile 9 or 10 area) AND
- own a home built before 2008.
Heating grants will be added from 1 July 2019 to align with the heating standards being developed under the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act. If your home is insulated and you meet the eligibility criteria, you will receive a grant (funding amount yet to be confirmed) for a heating appliance. It is possible to get a grant for insulation this year, then come back in 2019 to get a heating appliance installed using a heating grant.
Funding is limited - contact your local EnergySmart branch to take advantage of this offer now or to find out if you live in an area identified as lower-income!
What does the funding cover?
Purchase and installation to approved standards, of:
- Ceiling insulation, underfloor insulation and under-house ground vapour barrier. You need to have both ceiling and underfloor insulation done (if possible) to required standards for funding.
- Where necessary: a hot water cylinder wrap, pipe lagging, and draft-stopping may be required at additional cost.
How much will eligible home owners & landlords have to pay?
The current programme ending June 30th requires landlords to contribute 50% towards an insulation retrofit. Under the new program beginning on July 1st, eligible home owners will be required to contribute a maximum of 33% towards an insulation retrofit as well.
Paying through your rates
Eligible home owners may use Voluntary Targeted Rates (VTR) to cover their 33% contribution towards an insulation retrofit. Council VTR scheme conditions apply.
To find out more about various discounts, grants and subsidies that may apply to you, call us on 0800 777 111 or book your free home assessment.
Who can get a Community Services Card (CSC)?
Home owners and tenants on on a low to middle-income can apply for a Community Services card. Do you qualify? The chart below gives you a guide:
|You may be able to get a card if you're...||And your yearly income (before tax) is...|
|Single - living with others||$26,330|
|Single - living alone||$27,942|
|Married, civil union or de facto couple - no children||$41,783|
|NZ Superannuation single, sharing accommodation||$26,949|
|NZ Superannuation single, living alone||$28,626|
|NZ Superannuation married, civil union or de facto relationship - no children||$42,836|
|Family of 2||$49,993|
|Family of 3||$60,402|
|Family of 4||$68,682|
|Family of 5||$76,790|
|Family of 6||$85,852|
|For families of more than 6, the limit goes up another $7,986 for each extra person|
For more information, visit the Ministry of Social Development website.
You don't qualify? Don't worry...
If you don't meet the criteria for any of our Healthy Homes projects, we can still help. Call us on 0800 777 111 or book your free home assessment today.