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Green Loans – Free Home sustainability assessments
17-02-2010 10:14:01 AM
 

 Green Loans

Home sustainability assessments

Households are often overwhelmed by the amount of information available describing the best actions to save energy and water and to reduce greenhouse gases. It can be difficult to decide what action to take.

Free, independent assessment

Through the Green Loans Program, householders are able to access a free, comprehensive Home Sustainability Assessment to reduce their energy and water bills, increase the comfort of their home and help reduce damaging carbon pollution.

This independent assessment by a qualified expert assessor will provide advice from the smallest behaviour change to major investments such as a solar hot water system or photovoltaic panels.

What will you get?

From this assessment, householders get a tailored, expert report listing the most effective changes for their home.

The assessment is valid for six months.

Note: Home assessments reports are valid for six months from the date they are submitted for the purpose of applying for interest-free Green Loans. However, in recognition of the delays in some householders receiving their reports, we have extended the time that reports remain valid. Assessment reports submitted up to 30 November 2009 will now be valid until 30 June 2010.

What is involved?

The assessment involves the physical inspection of major energy and water systems relating to thermal comfort, water heating, lighting, refrigeration, cooking, entertainment, water efficiency and outdoor consumption, and waste management.

The data is entered into a sophisticated assessment software tool to allow environmental impact calculations.

How long does it take?

The length of the inspection is influenced by the amount of information readily available, the size of the property and the number of energy and water systems to be considered.

Each assessment should take around 1.5 hours to complete.

For further information visit http://www.environment.gov.au/greenloans/