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"We're with the Government.."

Yesterday I had a Telemarketer call from some energy assessment bureau who claimed to be working hand in hand "with the Government."

They were offering a free energy assessment of my home. Any day of the week, 7am to 10pm, only takes 2 hours for the average home - "and I see you live in a unit so it shouldn't take very long at all. I assume it's quite small."

Once the assessor finishes assessing my energy use he would then send me a report telling me the steps I can take to minimise my energy wastage.

Hmmm... I wonder if he would also recommend certain companies to do the work too?

A quick google search sheds more like on this scheme:

1. a FREE home sustainability assessment & report (valued at over $250)
2. access to a
Green Loans subsidy provided by participating financial institutions to cover four years of interest for bor rowing up to $10,000 to buy and install green products (Obligation Free).

Sounds a lot like the government insulation scam... I mean scheme... that worked sooo well.

So, if I may be so bold as to suggest what's going on here: A company that sells "green" products for homes hires its own "independent assessors" to visit homes and make recommendations. The government pays for the assessments, thus costing the company nothing, and the assessor makes lots of recommendations as to how the home owner can spend every cent of their Green Loan with the company.

The Telemarketer was shocked that I didn't want a free assessment. "But it's FREE!" So it sounds like they must be doing a roaring trade.

Bottom line, if people are phoning you to sell (or even give stuff away) at random, JUST SAY NO!

Even if they say they are "with the Government".


You need to read this report here as I just did. I was right. It's the insulation scheme all over again. Though it seems I may be wrong about the assessors recommending certain companies. It looks like the scam is the assessments themselves!

" I am also aware, for example, that Fieldforce is using telemarketing companies to cold call and canvass businesses. That was not part of the rules. The assessors were told that they were not allowed to do that. Assessors have now become so desperate that they are buying bookings from the telemarketers."

Comedy night in Melbourne - FREE TICKETS!!!

The hugely successful LIGHTFM COMEDY FUNRAISER is on again, and we have two double passes to give away!

This is a great night of comedy suitable for the entire family. I'll be doing strolling magic pre-show this year before handing things over to a great line up of comedians and LightFM personalities.

Light FM's 2010 Comedy FUN-Raiser will be held on Friday 11th June.

Where: Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston Street, Melbourne (Opp State Library)

When: Friday 11th June, 7.30pm-9.30pm (doors open 7pm)

Featuring: Cameron Semmens, Lach Ryan, Luke Holt and Michael Connell. MC-ed by Ben Price. Guest appearance by the illusionist Tim Ellis.

Tickets: $30 for general admission (not allocated seating). Children 12 years and under free. No concessions.

Parking suggestions: Melbourne Central, QV building

You can read more about it, and order tickets, here.

If you'd like a FREE DOUBLE PASS - Email me at and the first two requests I get, win the tickets!