Warm Dunedin: assistance to homeowners for installing insulation and clean heating

Warm Up New Zealand (energywise.govt.nz)

Dunedin City Council – Media Release
Warm Dunedin Trial Extended

This item was published on 31 May 2013.

The popular Warm Dunedin pilot programme has been extended for up to three months.

The Warm Dunedin targeted rate programme helps increase household warmth, health and comfort by providing a rates advance to help with the upfront costs of installing insulation and/or clean heating.

Warm Dunedin works alongside the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme, which offers Energywise funding for installing insulation. Other funding and assistance programmes are also available.

Dunedin City Council Energy Manager Neville Auton says applications open again on 1 June and are due to close on 31 August. If funding runs out before applications close, the programme will stop earlier.
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Full information on the programme is available at www.dunedin.govt.nz/warmdunedin or phone Customer Services on 477 4000.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: EECA [energywise.govt.nz]

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8 responses to “Warm Dunedin: assistance to homeowners for installing insulation and clean heating

  1. Hype O'Thermia

    The think that annoys me about schemes like this is they have a favoured few installers so there’s no way you can negotiate a better price among competitors. Also in many older homes fitting batts is so easy a halfway competent 11-year-old could do it, but you can’t get the subsidy for the batts and install them yourself, you have to sign up for the materials plus labour package which makes it dearer with the subsidy than doing it yourself, without. The contractors who get the special approval don’t have to be cooperative or obliging or efficient, they’ve got guaranteed work. Just like the freeview “approved installers”: “I’m going to put this aerial on your roof” “But we’ve got an aerial, we told the man on the phone about that.” Grunt.
    “So I’ll fit this box…” “We told the man on the phone we’ve got a new freeview TV but we have to use it with the bedroom aerial cable lying across the floor of the hallway because the lounge aerial cable got damaged and it doesn’t work now, he said you could put a new end onto it for us.” Snarl – “So – you’ve got a freeview TV, you’re only entitled to one, I’m leaving.” And off he ffff’d. With an atom of smarts he could have offered to fix their aerial for an appropriate fee and left them with his card and they’d have called him loyally for every TV problem till they fell off their twigs. Instead he demonstrated what happens when government gives special contracts to just a few, they don’t have to be the best, they don’t have to even try – and they know it.

    • Um, do ring Dunedin City Council for more information about the Warm Dunedin scheme and to find out if you’re eligible.

      Better than a cold house !!!!!!!!

  2. Hype O'Thermia

    I’m OK myself, I bought a bale at a time to fit in with my budget and installed them myself quite a long time ago, that’s how I know how easy it is in old houses whose attic space isn’t cluttered with constructed-off-site roof trusses. I believe it is cheaper to buy independently and do the work oneself, not that everyone can do it but anyone moderately handy, in a roof pitched high enough that you don’t have to slither around like an anorexic snake to reach the edges and corners.

    • Some people are inclined to leaving major gaps in the insulation which defeats whole purpose – always consult someone who is experienced in fitting insulation correctly (the advice doesn’t need to cost, but for the avoidance of cowboys and own incompetence…).

  3. Stu

    I spend a lot of time in roof spaces. Low pitch roofs are terrible for trying to fit yourself – either have to wait until the roof is replaced or drop the internal ceilings and redo the gib. The number of houses I have found around Dunedin with nothing at all in the roof is quite staggering. The best one I have encountered was one up in Opoho which was insulated with balls of wool.

    • Relative’s house with low pitch roof, in Waverley, currently being reroofed and insulated – the double hit.

      • ### ch9.co.nz May 31, 2013 – 7:11pm
        Insulation programme extended
        A programme to help Dunedin residents install insulation and heating in their homes has been extended. The Warm Dunedin Pilot Programme has provided up to $5,000 to insulate and heat their homes. The money is then paid off through rates over ten years. The programme is run by the DCC and the Government, and has provided funding for 263 homes so far. It has been extended for three months, or until funding runs out.
        Ch39 Link [no video available]

        • ### ODT Online Sun, 2 Jun 2013
          Council extends heating scheme
          By Debbie Porteous
          A city council pilot targeted rate programme for helping Dunedin ratepayers meet the costs of installing insulation and heating has been extended for up to three months. So far, 263 ratepayers have already received a rates advance through the Dunedin City Council’s Warm Dunedin pilot. There was enough funding for 700 homes in total, council energy manager Neville Auton said.
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