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Insulation grants – free money from the government.

Creating a warmer and healthier home could be cheaper than you think. The key is to take advantage of the subsidies and grants that are available.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one.

The New Zealand government, with a little encouragement from the Greens, has committed to boosting the energy efficiency of Kiwi homes by incentivising people to improve the insulation in older homes. Most homes built before the 1980s fall well short of modern standards. So the first thing to do when bringing them up to scratch is to install modern insulation.

To make it an absolute no-brainer of a decision, the government has set aside special funding in the form of the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme. Here’s how it works.

If you own a home that was built before 2000, you may be eligible for an Energywise grant of up to one third of the cost to insulate it. This works out as funding up to a maximum of $1,300 (including GST) of the cost of retrofitting ceiling and underfloor insulation. If the spaces are accessible, both ceiling and underfloor insulation must be installed for the funding. The government doesn’t want to leave you with cold feet!

The good news doesn’t stop there. If you live in Auckland or Wellington, you may be able to access extra financial assistance. In Auckland, you can apply for up to $5,000 of funding through Auckland Council, while Wellington has put up to $2,600 up for grabs. To find out more, get in touch with Harrisons Home Energy Solutions.

Wherever you live, the bottom line is a healthy saving towards the cost of creating a warm and healthy house. Not to mention the lower energy bills you can look forward to for years to come, as the result of creating a more energy efficient home.