Funding has been provided to boost the warmth and insulation
of more than 500 Dunedin homes under a Dunedin City Council
targeted rates scheme.
And a late rush of applicants is expected before the trial
programme ends on April 30.
Dunedin homeowners and landlords had already spent more than
$1.5 million, excluding GST, to install insulation and
heating under the DCC's Warm Dunedin targeted rate programme
since it began in February last year, organisers said.
The scheme aims to increase household warmth, health and
comfort by providing a rates advance to help with the upfront
costs of insulation and/or heating.
It was estimated that by the end of this month, between $1.8
million and $2.1 million, excluding GST, would have been
spent through the scheme.
The programme had helped insulate and/or install a heater in
514 homes by the end of February this year, Warm Dunedin
co-ordinator Nathan Keen said.
Uptake had slowed over the summer and he expected ''a late
rush of applications'' as people took advantage of the
The process of arranging quotations, choosing preferred
options and applying for the scheme could take some time, so
it was recommended that service providers were contacted by
at least mid-month to ensure the DCC received the application
in time, he said.
Ratepayers who meet the criteria can apply for up to $5000
for insulation and/or heating, which is paid off over 10