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Provision of a Dunedin-wide community energy advice service would mean warmer, energy-efficient homes, which would mean fewer sick days, less absenteeism and stronger families, a man seeking a $10,000 grant to expand such a service said.
Scott Willis of the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust said the service would include both telephone and home visits, and the trust had been providing informal advice since 2009 and running a pilot [programme] since late 2011.
A report from council staff said the trust had built a strong name and was often called on to share its knowledge and advice in Dunedin.
The establishment of a community energy service had merit and the trust was reputable in the field, but the funding was not included in the draft budget and would need to be considered against the council's other priorities and the ability to fund it.