Posted on 13 05 2024

The Challenges of Heating Older Kiwi Homes

Here in Aotearoa, our beautiful old wooden villas and bungalows are packed with charm, just like the funky art deco stucco houses and iconic brick units. But even with all of that character, we have a long history of living in cold, damp, and draughty homes, and when winter arrives, the cracks—quite literally—start to show.

Older homes are often riddled with draughts, which sneak in through crevices and gaps in between the windows, floorboards, doors, and joins. 

As we've discussed, homes built before 1977 often lack insulation and, as a result, struggle to retain heat. Double-glazed windows have only recently become a more common feature of modern new-build houses. 

But the challenges don't end there. Inefficient heating systems mean power bills skyrocket in the winter as heaters work overtime to compensate for the heat loss, putting a strain on finances. 

Heating an older Kiwi home can feel like an endless battle. Warm air constantly escapes, while cold air stubbornly finds its way in.

But there's hope, our team specialises in identifying and addressing insulation gaps, draughts, and inefficiencies in heating systems, ensuring your home stays cozy all year round.

And the best part? You don't have to face the cost alone. The Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant provides subsidies of up to 80-100% for insulation and heating upgrades, making it easier than ever for homeowners to make their homes warmer and healthier.

Under the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, homeowners may be eligible for 80 - 100% off the costs of insulation (ceiling and underfloor, ground vapour barriers) and heating (heat pump) if:


  • Your home was built before 2008.
  • You have a valid Community Services Card or SuperGold combo card


  • You own and are living in a home in a targeted area - search your address


  • The Healthy Homes Initiative has referred you.


By taking advantage of the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant, you can transform your older home into a warmer, drier, and healthier space for you and your family. 

If you're ready to make your home a haven from the cold, don't hesitate to reach out to us at GreenSide Energy Solutions. Together, let's make your home warmer, healthier, and more energy-efficient.


As an Owner-Occupier You May Be Eligible for a Warmer Kiwi Homes Subsidy