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DCC Eco-house retrofitting programme “a complete shambles”

Councillors vote, failing to discern costs to scheme participants, ratepayers, and the Council itself. What’s new about that?

### ODT Online Wed, 5 Sep 2012
Dunedin insulation scheme’s future uncertain
By Debbie Porteous
A $2.5 million Dunedin City Council scheme to warm up Dunedin houses is on hold and its future possibly in question, after unforeseen financial implications were discovered. The council is to reconsider its Eco-house retrofitting programme – to assist people insulate and heat their homes – after it discovered it might cost ratepayers more than expected for insurance and health and safety costs and that there are hardly any Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) subsidies left for low-income people.

The crux was that councillors had signed off the scheme on the basis there would be no cost to the general ratepayer and staff had since become concerned that people who signed up for the pilot scheme might, through a technicality, be charged GST twice and that insurance costs would rise to cover the general liability on the targeted rate.

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Home insulation scheme

### ODT Online Thu, 1 Mar 2012
Insulation subsidy for 100 homes
By Rebecca Fox
Low-income Dunedin residents struggling to afford to insulate their homes may soon get the chance, thanks to a new subsidy. The subsidy, which could cover up to 75% of the cost of insulating a home, will be available to 100 Dunedin homes from March to June. It is an extension of the Otago Regional Council’s Clean Air Clean Heat programme in Central Otago. The Dunedin project, Clean Heat Healthy Homes, has funding from Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), Dunedin City Council, Aurora Energy and Otago Community Trust.

To qualify for the scheme, applicants must own their own home within greater Dunedin city, and have a Community Services Card. Priority will be given to high users of the health system. Application forms are available from both council offices.

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