Posted on 29 01 2024

Why Modern Insulation is a Must-Have for NZ’s Older Homes: A Guide for the Concerned Relative

If you're like many Kiwis with parents living in a home that has seen better days, you're probably aware of how crucial good insulation is for comfort and health. But did you know that poor insulation can have dire impacts, especially as your parents get older? Here's a quick rundown of why you might want to consider a modern insulation upgrade, plus how your parents could be eligible for a government grant that covers part of the cost.


The Worrying Stats on Older Kiwi Homes

First off, the numbers are quite startling. According to BRANZ research, a whopping 830,000 New Zealand homes fall short of modern insulation standards. This means the majority of our homes, possibly even your parents', could benefit from retrofitted roof and/or subfloor insulation.


So What Does It Mean for your elder relatives?


Well, not to scare you, but poor insulation can lead to health risks like respiratory issues due to mould and dampness. It can also mean discomfort with fluctuating temperatures, making their home too hot in summer and too cold in winter.


Older Kiwis and Home Ownership


About three-quarters of New Zealanders aged 65 or over live in owner-occupied housing. That's a huge number of elderly Kiwis in homes that might be in need of some extra care.


The Importance of Upgrades


Since most older folks are living in homes they own, it becomes even more crucial to make improvements. Upgrading insulation not only ensures long-term comfort but also could significantly impact their overall well-being.


How Insulation—or the Lack Thereof—Hits the Wallet


If your parents’ home has inadequate insulation, you can bet their energy bills are higher than necessary. When a house isn't insulated properly, it needs more heating or cooling to maintain a comfy temperature. That's extra money each month that could be saved with a proper insulation upgrade.


About the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant


This could be a lifesaver. The Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant covers the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation, some heating options, and even energy-saving interventions like LED lighting. To be eligible, the home needs to be built before 2008 and other criteria around income or location apply.


Common Questions


Am I eligible? It depends on various factors like income and the year the home was built. You can find out by contacting the team at GreenSide Energy Solutions on 0800 789 276

How much can I get? Eligible homeowners can receive a subsidy of up to 80% for insulation and heating, capped at $3,000 in some areas.


How GreenSide Can Help


From checking if you're eligible to guiding you through the application process, the team at GreenSide Energy Solutions can help you make this as seamless as possible. With different types of insulation and heat pump heating solutions, GreenSide can offer customized solutions tailored for older homes. They'll assess the specific needs of the home and provide targeted solutions.


Let's Wrap It Up


So, if you're concerned about your parents' comfort and health in their older home, now's the time to act. Between government grants and support from GreenSide Energy Solutions, upgrading insulation is more accessible than you might think. Call the GreenSide team on 0800 789 276


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