'Tricky' fine print in free insulation offer

UPON reading the fine print regarding the 'free' insulation package being offered by the Federal Government, one South Grafton resident was surprised at what he found.

The concerned resident believes that the offer of free insulation is deceptive, as it is far from free.

“First you have to get two quotes, and then you have to cover all of the costs up front. And there is no guarantee of when the rebate will come through,” he said.

“I am not going to insulate because there is no set time frame for the rebate.

“Also the people at the government's free hotline did not know enough about the program to satisfy me, saying they would know more in July,” he said.

While the Federal Government has deemed $1200-$1600 to be the average cost of insulating the average home, the actual cost of insulating can change due to a home being larger, the materials used and the thickness of the materials.

Another problem with the program is if the insulation was installed before February 3, the rebate is not available.

The insulation also has to be installed by the owner or employee of a registered business, and if you have installed it yourself, again you are not eligible for the rebate.

The rebate also only applies to ceiling insulation and does not include wall or floor insulation.

The benefits of insulation however, which include reduced temperature in summer and a warmer home in winter, can outweigh the negative aspects of the program.

If you would like further information about the Energy Efficient Homes Package you can visit http://www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency/ or call 1800 808 571 which is the hotline for the program.

“There is no set time frame for the rebate.”



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