- no or ineffective insulation;
- short eaves leading to negligible summer shading;
- single glazed windows;
- low voltage (but high consumption) downlights; and
- plumbing systems and stormwater systems that let a lot of good water simply run away from your property.
The choice to let these practices continue is a result in some cases of people not being aware of the alternative but in many cases simply being averse to the expenditure. In Australia the time has come to try and reverse a bit of that. In their first budget announcement back in 2008 the Federal Government allocated funds to a Green Loans program. The steps are as follows:
2. Assessment. A Home Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an accredited assessor who makes recommendations on what needs to be done to improve the sustainability of your home in terms of energy and water consumption;
3. Obtain Finance. You apply for a $10,000.00 four year interest free loan through one of the nominated financial institutions; and
4. Reap The Benefits. You spend the money on the necessary home improvements and pay the loan off over four years interest free.
Then get yapping and pass this onto people you know who do.
But Jud, what if I don't live in Australia?
Then alert your member of parliment to what is a great example of a Governement taking the initiative.
I don't want to spend $10,000.00, I have other financial committments, what is the value of this to me?
Although you may not feel like spending it now if you make the assessor aware of your situation they can identify relatively cheap or heavily subsidised options that can save you money in the long term, potentially make your home more comfortable and reduce the impact your lifestyle has on our precious resources.
More to come in future posts as Rebate Hound continues snooping. In the meantime pickup the phone if you haven't already.