Home owners do not need to pay upfront for the Rudd Government’s Homeowner Insulation Program, if they wait until July 1.

“The Homeowners Insulation Program is a key part of the Rudd Government’s Energy Efficient Homes Package which aims to improve the energy rating of Australian homes and help home owners save on their electricity bills,” Member for Page Janelle Saffin said.

“The program offers free insulation worth up to $1600 to eligible Australian home owner-occupiers of currently uninsulated homes.

“From the first of July eligible home owners will gain access to a free-call booking and installation service which will arrange for a qualified installer to visit the home and install free ceiling insulation (up to $1600). The homeowner can then avoid upfront costs.

“Because of the huge interest in the Homeowners Insulation Program, the Government has announced details of a program for early installation, for eligible homeowners who install ceiling insulation between February 3 and July 1, 2009.

“Under the early installation program, eligible applicants will be able to seek reimbursement up to a maximum amount of $1600 if they arrange for an authorised installer to install ceiling insulation between February 3, and July 1, 2009 and meet the application requirements.

“People wanting to take advantage of the early installation program need to ring the hotline on 1800 808 571 and they will be sent an information package and application forms. They can return the forms after installation and will be reimbursed within eight weeks.”

More information is available on the website at www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency or by ringing the hotline 1800 808 57.