You can claim insulation costs now
CLARENCE Valley homeowners can start applying for free ceiling insulation immediately.
Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, said since the recent announcement about insulation subsidies, her office had been inundated with calls about the rebate.
“I have had so many inquiries from people right across Page who are keen to take advantage of the free insulation, so I am glad I can now let them know they can apply from today,” she said.
“Many local businesses which supply and install ceiling insulation will have to prepare for a boom in business, going by the level of interest in this program.”
Through the Government's $3.9 billion Energy Efficient Homes package, households can now apply for one of the following upgrades:
- The Homeowner Insulation Program, which installs free insulation (capped at $1600) in the homes of eligible owner-occupiers.
- The Low Emission Assistance Plan for Renters, which provides assistance of up to $1000 for installing insulation in private rental properties.
- The Solar Hot Water rebate, which provides rebates of up to $1500 for installation of solar hot water systems.
The program was originally to come into effect in July, but Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a new fast-track process, making it effective immediately.
A Yamba-based insulation company has already forecast it will be doubling staff numbers in the coming weeks to handle the work.
- More information is available on the website at www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency
or by ringing the hotline 1800 808 571.