Home Insulation Scheme receives additional funding
By Anonymous on July 08, 2015 has reported (05/07/2015) that an Otago Community Trust has contributed an extra $400,000 to the"Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes" programme.

The home insulation programme has insulated more than 1000 homes in Otago thanks to funding from the government, the Otago Community Trust's gift and other donations.

This latest $400,000 from the trust brings it's total contributions to over $1 million.

Barbara Bridger, Otago Community Trust chief executive, said that their investment was important because the scheme helped out Otago families because it targets low-income households with high-health needs.  Providing the grant was their way of reaching the wider community in Otago.

She said that studies showing a correlation between damp, cold houses and poor health validate that donating to the insulation scheme is a good way to support families in Otago.

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) runs the Healthy Homes scheme and provides part of the subsidy.   General manager, Robert Linterman, said that providing home insulation on average cost $3000 per house. 

So far, 1000 homes have received home insulation in Otago and the EECA hopes that another 500 homes would be done by the end of 2016 with the additional funding.