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This practical step will help households reduce their energy use, cut their power bills by around $200 a year, and increase the comfort and value of their homes. The Home Insulation Program offers ceiling insulation worth up to $1,600 to owner-occupiers, landlords and tenants. The program targets homes that are currently un-insulated, or have very little ceiling insulation and were built before the mandatory thermal performance requirements under the Building Code of Australia were introduced commencing in 2003. If the total cost of installation is less than $1,600 there will be no more for the householder to pay.

This will be the case for most households. If the cost of the insulation is more than $1,600, the householder will ordinarily have to pay the difference, or the full amount if they are ineligible. The program commenced with its announcement on 3 February 2009 under a rebate scheme. From 1 July 2009 to 31 August 2009 there were separate arrangements for owner- occupiers and rental properties. This program now covers all eligible households and is in effect from 1 September 2009 to 31 December 2011 or until the date when Program funds have been fully allocated, whichever occurs first.

Householders who wish to participate in the program should read the Program guidelines before arranging insulation. The insulation must be installed by an insulation installer who is registered on the Australian Government’s Installer Provider Register. The $1,600 insulation assistance is an alternative to the $1,600 solar hot water rebate. Householders cannot access both $1,600 assistance packages for the same home.

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