Free insulation offer for Dunedin homes

An insulation company is offering 200 free house fittings to Dunedin people.

The Dunedin City Council is considering the offer which could be managed as part of its scheme to pay for insulation costs and charge it back through rates.

Council energy manager Neville Auton could not say who the company was until the council approved the deal.

Mr Auton said if the offer was feasible, then it would mean 200, possibly more, home owners or renters with community services card could get 100% of the cost of their insulation paid for instead of 66% under the Government's subsidy scheme.

Mr Auton said the company was keen to keep its workforce employed during the quieter summer months and would still get the 66% subsidy from the Government.

He said people should have a good look at which insulation scheme was best for them because it might be cheaper for people to add the cost to their mortgage, than to go through the council.

Some banks did not charge any extra fees to add the cost of insulation to a mortgage and interest rates were often cheaper than the 8% being charged by the council.

About 160 people have so far expressed an interest in the council's rates-based insulation scheme. Mr Auton said it appeared the council would be able to cater for the demand but it would also let people know there might be cheaper options for them.

''We will be ... going out with some information on all those other programmes as well.''


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