Rogue contractors are on the loose trying to cash in on the government’s ceiling insulation rebate.
La Trobe MP Jason Wood has warned locals to be aware of the growing problem.
“While there are legitimate installers doing the right thing, the billions of dollars being spent nationally has enticed some rogue contractors to cash in on the scheme,” Mr Wood said.
“I have been inundated by people who have been approached by unsolicited contractors trying to sign them up to receive the insulation rebate.
“I caution all local residents to be on alert when dealing with any door to door sales and telemarketing calls trying to sell the insulation rebate.”
Pakenham’s Tony Williams said he had received a number of calls from contractors canvassing insulation work.
“There is a serious flaw in the process which many people don’t know about,” Mr Williams said.
“One of the requirements for the rebate is to get two independent quotes from two different approved installers.
“But they don’t mention that when they call you up.”
Since being informed of the requirements of the rebate, Mr Williams has cancelled his appointment with the firm who contacted him and says he will now go through appropriate, government approved installers.
“I was okay, but there are many other people being taken advantage of,” he said.
Mr Wood said there had also been cases where installers have signed residents up for the rebate only to fail to show up and actually install the insulation.
“If in doubt do not sign up,” he said
Guidelines for the rebate are available at www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency or by calling 1800 808 571.
– Melissa Meehan