The Dunedin City Council's targeted rate programme to assist
ratepayers to install insulation and/or heating is to resume
today, after a hiatus of a month while changes were made to
the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's (EECA)
Energywise insulation subsidies.
Eligibility for the council's Warm Dunedin programme is no
longer dependent on also being eligible for an ECCA subsidy,
although ECCA-approved installers are still used and ECCA
will audit installations.
Any ratepayer, including low-income ratepayers still also
eligible for an ECCA subsidy, can apply for an advance of up
to $5000 from the council for insulation/heating, to be paid
back over 10 years through a targeted rate.
The council has just over $1 million left of money it
borrowed for the scheme, which staff expect could see about
250 to 300 more Dunedin houses made warmer. More than 450
homes have already been improved under the scheme.