Home insulation just got easier. Photo: Tina Perinotto

By Lynne Blundell

4 June – The Federal Government this week announced new guidelines aimed at making it easier for Australians to install ceiling insulation in their homes.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced the guidelines on the first day of winter at an event with one of Australia’s major manufacturers of ceiling insulation, Fletcher Insulation,

Mr Garrett said that from 1 July 2009 householders simply needed to select a provider from the Installer Provider Register which will be available online from 1 July 2009.

Installers will need to register with the Government through a simple registration process which will open in the coming weeks.

After installation, the installer will receive their payments direct from the Government so householders will only need to meet any costs above the amount of Government assistance.
There are two programs focusing on ceiling insulation:
Homeowner Insulation Program – provides assistance of up to $1600 to eligible owner-occupiers to install ceiling insulation in their principal place of residence with little or no existing ceiling insulation.

Low Emission Assistance Plan for Renters – provides up to $1000 to eligible landlords and tenants to install insulation in private rentals and other properties (including holiday homes) with little or no existing ceiling insulation.

Mr Garrett said the insulation program had been embraced by Australians, with over 25,000 people already installing insulation under the program.

He said the $4 billion Energy Efficiency Homes package, including the $1600 Solar Hot Water Rebate, was already transforming Australian homes and providing a jobs boost to manufacturing, distribution and installation during tough economic times.

“The benefits of the Energy Efficient Homes package are already flowing with industry ramping up, expanding facilities, putting on new shifts and developing training courses for new recruits,” Mr Garrett said.

“For example, Fletcher Insulation is upgrading manufacturing plants, running factories 24/7 and all this is creating jobs from the warehouses through to the call centres.”

Mr Garrett said he did not believe Australians yet realised the great ambition and reach of the government’s energy efficiency program.

“This will be the biggest energy efficiency program that is rolled out not only in this country, but I’m saying on a per capita basis, it is equal to anything that is happening anywhere else around the world at the moment. This is a very, very significant energy efficiency infrastructure investment – very significant.”

Until 1 July 2009 householders can continue to have ceiling insulation installed in line with the early installation guidelines.

For more information on the new process and guidelines please visit https://www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency or call the hotline on 1800 808 571.
lblundell@thefifthestate.com.au

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