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Rebates and assistance

Check what Australian Government rebates are available to all Australians.

And then check what rebates are available in your state.

Australia Government Rebates

Renewable power incentive

You maybe entitled to Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) if your Small-scale Generation Unit (SGU), such as small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind or hydro unit, is eligible. These certificates can then be sold and transferred to a STC agent (usually electricity retailers) or sold in the STC market or through the STC Clearing House. A STC agent will offer you a financial benefit such as an up-front discount or delayed cash payment when you assign your STCs to them. A majority of owners take this option.

For more details visit the Australian Government's Clean Energy Regulator - Incentives for Solar Panels, and the Renewable Energy Target pages.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides households and small businesses with access to free recycling services for televisions and computers. Recycling services are currently available in areas of the ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, with further services to be rolled out across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia by the end of 2013. Electronic items such as televisions and computers, printers, keyboards, mice and hard drives can be disposed of for free. The scheme does not cover other electronic items such as mobile phones, stereos and video recorders.

For the list of currently operating recycling drop off points provided by Scheme, go to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme site.

Related action: Recycle office waste, Recycle technical waste, Establish a recycling program

 

Australian Capital Territory

Electricity feed-in tariff

The renewable energy feed-in tariff pays eligible ACT households and small businesses for the excess electricity they generate from small-scale solar (photovoltaic or PV) wind turbine or hydro systems.

To find your local tariff offer go to the Energy made easy site.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Fridge Buyback

The ActewAGL Fridge Buyback program rewards Australian Capital Territory households and businesses that have their old fridge or freezer removed. Your fridge or freezer will be collected and recycled for free. ActewAGL electricity account holders will also receive a $30 rebate on their next electricity bill.

For more information visit the ActewAGL Fridge Buyback page.

Related action: Recycle technical waste

WaterRight Gardens webtool

The WaterRight Gardens Webtool helps Australian Capital Territory residents work out how much water a garden needs to remain healthy and the best time to water.

For more information visit the WaterRight Gardens webtool page.

Related action: Water Efficient Gardening

Canberra Plant Selector webtool

With this easy-to-use webtool, you can quickly find plants to suit your garden as well as search plants by their common or botanical name.

For more information visit the Canberra Plant Selector webtool page.

Related action: Water Efficient Gardening, Grow an indigenous garden

Actsmart Home Energy Efficiency program

The Outreach Energy and Water Efficiency Program is a practical approach to assisting low income households in the ACT to reduce their energy and water bills. The focus of the program is on providing personalised education to support those most in need.

For more details visit the ACTSmart website.

Related Actions:Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Embrace energy efficiency.

Home Energy Advice Service

Independent advice and information available to all ACT residents – will help you be kind to the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, without compromising on your comfort at home.

For more details visit the Home energy advice service website.

Related Actions:Install efficient appliances and fixturesEmbrace energy efficiency.

Home energy action kit

ACT residents can access a home energy action kit from libraries to perform a home energy self-assessment and develop their own home energy action plans.

For more details visit the ACTSmart website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixturesHome sustainability assessments,Cultivate energy saving habits

Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme

Over 55,000 ACT households have had a free Energy Saving House Call, helping them to save on their energy usage. The program will install various products for free to help reduce your energy bills, and they are fitted by a certified installer at a time that is convenient for you.

For more details visit the ACTSmart website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Low income households

The program offers practical ways for low-income households in the ACT to reduce energy and water bills.

For more details visit the ACTSmart website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Actsmart Carbon Challenge

The Carbon Challenge is a great way to get involved in becoming more sustainable. It's an easy-to-use tool designed to help all ACT residents become more sustainable in their daily lives.

For more details visit the Actsmart Carbon Challenge website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Wood Heater Replacement Program

The Wood Heater Replacement Program can help Australian Capital Territory residents replace controlled combustion heaters or open fireplaces with a new mains-supplied gas heater or reverse cycle electric system. Rebates of up to $1,100 are available.

For more details visit the Wood Heater Replacement Program website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Actsmart Business Recycling

Actsmart Business Recycling is a FREE program to help your business put efficient recycling and waste management into action. It's available to any business in the ACT or Queanbeyan and is easy to put in place.

For more details visit the ACTSmart Business Recycling website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Business Energy and Water Program

Rebates of up to $5,000* are available to eligible ACT businesses wanting to upgrade to more water-efficient and energy-efficient technologies, including with lighting, heating or cooling, refrigeration, toilets and/or tapware.

For more details visit the Business Energy and Water Program website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

News South Wales

Electricity feed-in tariff

The renewable energy feed-in tariff pays eligible NSW households and small businesses for the excess electricity they generate from small-scale solar (photovoltaic or PV) wind turbine or hydro systems.

To find your local tariff offer go to the Energy made easy site.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Home Power Savings Program

The Home Power Savings Program helps residents with an eligible concession card improve their household energy efficiency. The program includes a home energy assessment, a power savings product kit and a personal action plan.

For more details visit the Home Power website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Home sustainability assessments

Energy-efficient household appliances

By looking for Energy Rating Label and using the Smarter Choice running cost calculator before purchasing, you’ll save money on running your white goods.

The Office of Environment and Heritage’s Smarter Choice program is designed to help you make more informed purchasing decisions on appliances. visit the Energy Efficient Household Applainces site.

Related Actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Home sustainability assessments, Embrace energy efficiency.

Energy Savings Scheme

The Energy Savings Scheme may be able to help householders reduce their electricity bills.

By having energy efficient equipment installed in your home, you can reduce electricity use without sacrificing any of the benefits electrical equipment provides.

.For more details visit the Energy Savings Scheme website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Fridge Buyback Program

Fridge Buyback program pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge.

To participate in the program, your fridge must be a working second fridge that has been in regular use, is 250 litres or more in size (8.83 cubic feet) and at least 10 years old.

Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collections by professional removalists and a $35 rebate.For more details visit the Fridge Buyback website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Plant selector - Sydney Water

The Sydney Water Plant Selector makes it easier for residents to chose plants that are suited to their local soil and weather conditions. Selecting suitable plants can save water without restricting the choice of garden design.

To find the plant selector go to the Sydney water - plant selector site.

Related actions: Nurture and conserve biodiversity, Grow an indigenous garden, Join a revegetation group, Join an urban regeneration group

Rainwater tank calculator - Sydney Water

The Sydney Water Rainwater tank calculator makes it easier for residents to decide what tank size will best meet their household’s water needs, and how much household water usage can be replaced by rainwater.

To find the plant selector go to the Sydney water - rainwater tank calculator site.

Related actions: Nurture and conserve biodiversityGrow an indigenous gardenJoin a revegetation groupJoin an urban regeneration group

Waterfix program

While not a rebate as such, the Waterfix program provides assistance for leak repairs and toilet replacements. Learn more here or call the WaterFix hotline on 1800 807 475.

For more information visit Sydney Water.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Northern Territory

Solar electricity feed-in tariff

The Northern Territory Grid Connected Solar Feed-in Scheme rewards households that install solar power (photovoltaic – PV) renewable energy systems by paying them for the electricity that they generate.

For more details visit the PowerWater website.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Queensland

Electricity feed-in tariff

The renewable energy feed-in tariff pays eligible Queensland households and small businesses for the excess electricity they generate from small-scale solar (photovoltaic or PV) wind turbine or hydro systems.

To find your local tariff offer go to the Energy made easy site.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Electric hot water tariff incentive

The Energex Hot Water Rewards scheme provides an incentive of a $100 EFTPOS gift card to eligible South East Queensland households that connect an electric hot water system to an economy tariff.

For more details and to check your eligibility visit the Energex website.

Related action: Install solar hot water

Pool pumps, tariff and energy-efficiency

The Energex Pool Rewards Program provides an incentive of a $250 EFTPOS gift card to eligible South East Queensland households that connect a pool pump to an off-peak electricity tariff or install a minimum 5-star rated energy-efficient pool pump.

For more details, and to book online, visit the Energex website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

ecoBiz rebate

ecoBiz is a free eco-efficiency program providing self-assessment tools, training and information developed to guide Queensland business to improve efficiencies and resource use for financial and environmental benefits.

For more details visit the ecoBiz web page.

Related action: Make your business carbon neutral, Upgrade to energy efficient lighting, Implement efficient air conditioning and heating, Maintain, downsize and turn off your fridge, Optimise specialist equipment for energy efficiency

South Australia

Electricity feed-in tariff

The renewable energy feed-in tariff pays eligible South Australian households and small businesses for the excess electricity they generate from small-scale solar (photovoltaic or PV) wind turbine or hydro systems.

To find your local tariff offer go to the Energy made easy site.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Energy Concessions

If you are on a low income you may be able to receive a concession on your home energy bills.

For more details visit the Government of South Australia website.

Related actions: Install solar hot water

Home energy incentives

The Retail Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) provides South Australian households assistance with installing efficient lighting, showerheads, draught proofing and upgrading to energy efficient appliances to reduce their energy usage.

For more details visit the Transport, Energy and Infrastructure website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Insulate, Shade and Weatherproof Your House

Victoria

Electric feed-in tariff

The Victorian Feed-In Tariff scheme rewards households and businesses with a financial return when they generate renewable electricity that they feed back into the grid.

There have been a number of recent changes to the Victorian feed-in tariff scheme, which continues to be under review. We suggest you undertake your own considered research before deciding on installing renewable power system such as solar panels.

For more details visit the Department of Primary Industries website.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Smarter Choice – Choosing energy efficient appliances

The Smarter Choice Retail Program makes it easier for householders to save on energy and water bills by making smarter choices when buying new appliances and products. Information is also available on how to recycle your old appliances and reduce waste.

To find out more about this program read the full program information on the Victorian Government Sustainability Victoria website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Make your renovations green, Generate your own electricity, Mulch your patch, Recycle your technical waste, Install solar hot water, Insulate, shade and weatherproof your house.

Energy Saver Incentive

The Energy Saver Incentive helps householders save energy and money with a range of discounts and special offers on selected energy-saving products and services.

All sorts of organisations can participate in the initiative, including energy retailers and local appliance stores, as well as plumbers, builders and other tradespeople.

Discounts and special offers are only available from participating businesses. Make sure you ask your retailer or tradesperson if they're registered as a participating business under the Energy Saver Incentive program or view the register of participating businesses online.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Make your renovations green, Generate your own electricity, Mulch your patch, Recycle your technical waste, Install solar hot water, Insulate, shade and weatherproof your house.

DHS Water Concessions

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and other agencies offer a variety of concessions and benefits to eligible cardholders to assist low-income Victorians with water and sewerage bills.

For more details visit the Department of Human Services website.

Related actions: Harvest and use your rainwater, Cultivate water-saving habits

Western Australia

Residential net feed-in tariff scheme

The Horizon Power Renewable Energy Buyback Offer rewards eligible Western Australian households, small businesses, community organizations and schools who install renewable energy systems by paying them for the excess electricity they generate.

For more information on this program read the renewable energy page on the Residential net feed-in tariff scheme site.

Related action: Generate your own electricity, Install a renewable energy system

Tasmania

Electricity feed-in tariff

The renewable energy feed-in tariff pays eligible South Australian households and small businesses for the excess electricity they generate from small-scale solar (photovoltaic or PV) wind turbine or hydro systems.

To find your local tariff offer go to the Energy made easy site.

Related action: Generate your own electricity