A change in criteria by the government could see suitable home owners able to receive the home insulation grant. Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins said the grants would provide 50 per cent of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation for low-income home owners, as well as low-income tenants who are already eligible.
• It has extended the eligibility for Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes insulation grants to include low-income home owners in addition to landlords with low-income or high health need tenants.
• The grants would be available until the end of June 2018.
• “Landlords must insulate their rental properties by July 1, 2019 so I would advise them to get in quick and secure a grant while these are available. It’s a case of first in, first served.” Collins has warned.
Collins said “Analysis shows the avoided health costs to New Zealand from insulating a house are on average $854 a year for Community Services Card holders.”
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