The Government has announced another 1000 Otago homes will be
insulated under a revised version of its Healthy Homes
Last week, a group of Dunedin trusts and community
organisations launched a Cosy Homes initiative that aims to
fix the remaining 18,800 uninsulated and cold Dunedin homes.
The unrelated Government announcement comes at the same time
as the subsidies available to all home owners are replaced by
a scheme only available to those on low incomes.
Dunedin-based National list MP Michael Woodhouse said 12,222
Otago homes had already been insulated under the Healthy
Homes programme and the next 1000 involved a partnership
between the Government and private companies Right House and
Smart Energy Solutions.
''This new programme will deliver massive health benefits by
making the homes of people at high health risk warmer and
drier,'' Mr Woodhouse said.
Scott Willis, manager of the Blueskin Resilient Communities
Trust (BRCT), which is co-ordinating the Cosy Homes
initiative, said the Government's latest contribution was
good ''in some ways''.
''In other ways we need to change the whole energy culture in
ways that we haven't even addressed yet.''
He said insulation was not the end of the problem because
Dunedin had a cold climate, challenging topography and a low
quality of housing.
Other things like pelmets over curtains, draft stopping,
in-wall insulation and double glazing were needed to bring
houses up to standard.
Mr Willis said a new way of financing some of those things
needed to be looked at, as well as educating people on the
things they could do to improve their home.