Voxy.co.nz has reported (04/04/2014) on the winding down of the Dunedin City Council's Warm Dunedin programme.
The programme aims to improve household health, warmth and comfort by providing a rates advance to assist with the upfront costs of installing heating and/or home insulation.
By February of this year, the trial programme, which has been running since February 2013, has helped with the installation of heaters and/or insulation in 514 homes.
Nathan Keen, DCC Warm Dunedin Co-ordinator, commented that the uptake of the programme has been slow over summer but expected an increase in applications as people prepare for winter.
In order for DCC to receive the application in time, people are encouraged to start arranging quotes and calling service providers by at least mid-April.
In May, the Council will discuss a report on the trial to decide whether it is worth continuing with the Warm Dunedin programme.
Ratepayers who meet the programme's criteria will have 10 years to pay off the $5000 that DCC can put towards heating and/or home insulation costs.
It is estimated that by 30 April, between $1,800,000 and $2,100,000 (excluding GST) will have been spent by Dunedin landlords and homeowners over the length of the programme.
The Warm Up New Zealand : Healthy Homes programme, funded by EECA Energywise, currently provides home insulation for low-income households.
Warm Dunedin, a separate programme, provides an alternative option toinstall insulation or heating for those who are not eligible for the Healthy Homes programme.
For more information on the Warm Dunedin programme, call 03 477 4000 or visit www.dunedin.govt.nz/warmdunedin