A group that aims to make every house in Dunedin warm within
11 years has been given another shot in the arm by the
Government's Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (Eeca).
The authority has approved subsidies for another 1200 Dunedin
homes to receive insulation over the next year, with
potential for more to be done.
It has approved three local insulation companies to do the
The Government pays for 60% of the insulation work with other
funders - mainly the Otago Community Trust - picking up the
rest of the tab for those who qualify to get free insulation.
Warming up homes in Dunedin has become the focus of a group
called Cosy Homes, set up to co-ordinate the work of various
social, local and central government agencies.
Cosy Homes chairman Jeff Donaldson said the insulation
subsidies were just part of the work the group was doing and
other things such as heating appliances, full-length curtains
and eliminating drafts were all part of the solution.
The group helped facilitate about 1000 Dunedin homes being
insulated over the past three months, thanks to a special
offer from Eeca.
Otago Community Trust chief executive Barbara Bridger said
the trust had got involved with the insulation scheme last
year because of the huge health benefits that resulted.
It had spent $200,000 last year and had decided to double
that to $400,000 this year. It was also involved with the
Cosy Homes group and worked closely with social agencies in