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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 web page and the Clean Energy Regulator - Solar Credits web page.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

LPG gas vehicle conversion

The LPG Vehicle Scheme closes on 30 June 2014.

The LPG Vehicle Scheme offers grants of $2,000 towards the purchase of a new vehicle already fitted with LPG or a grant of $1,000 for the LPG conversion of a new or used vehicle.

To check your eligibility and download an application form visit the AusIndustry LPG Vehicle Scheme website. You can also ring the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au

Related action: Buy an efficient car

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

Energy assistance for households

If you're experiencing difficulty in paying energy bills then the scheme can assist you to reduce your energy use around the home and better manage the household budget. The scheme is run by community organisations around Australia.

For more details visit the Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS) website.

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

Australian Capital Territory

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 fixtures, Home sustainability assessments, Cultivate energy saving habits

Outreach Energy and Water 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.

Toilet replacement kit

The ToiletSmart program assists ACT homeowners, with Pension Concession Cards, to replace their single flush toilet with a 4-star water-efficient dual-flush toilet suite. Participants are also eligible for a free home water audit and additional low-cost water saving fixtures and repairs.

For more details visit the ACTSmart website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

E-waste Recycling

Under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme householders and small businesses in Canberra and the surrounding region can recycle their unwanted electronic items such as televisions and computer products for free.

Under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme householders and small businesses in Canberra and the surrounding region can recycle their unwanted electronic items such as televisions and computer products for free.

Accepted items include:all televisions, computer monitors, hard drives, laptops / notebooks, printers / scanners, keyboards and mice.

Non-accepted items include: mobile phones, microwaves, DVD players, video recorders, radios and stereos.

The scheme operates from the Mugga Lane and Mitchell Transfer Stations in the ACT, both of which are open from 7.30am to 5.00pm seven days a week.

For more details visit the ACTSmart website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Wood heater & fireplace replacement

The ACT provides a subsidy of up to $800 to replace your old wood heater or open fireplace with a new mains-supplied gas heater.

For more details visit the ACTSmart website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

News South Wales

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 and water efficient product information

The Smarter Choice Program gives you the opportunity to learn more about the running costs of different appliances and white goods so you can make informed choices when buying new appliances and products.

For more details visit the Smarter Choice Program site.

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

Save Power Kits - borrow from your local library

You can now borrow a Save Power Kit free of charge from selected local libraries in New South Wales. The Save Power Kits provide tools, information and a guidebook to help you make your home more energy efficient.

For find out where you can borrow the save power kit visit the Save Power Kits site.

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

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

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

Solar hot water installation rebate

Northern Territory households may be eligible for a Solar Hot Water Retrofit Rebate of up to $1,000 to help with the costs of installing a solar hot water system. The rebate is designed to help you with the installation costs when replacing your electric hot water system with a solar hot water system.

For more details visit the PowerWater Solar Hot Water Retrofit Rebate web page.

Related action: Install solar hot water

Waterwise Rebate Scheme - Central Australia

The Northern Territory Government offers a range of Waterwise Rebates for water efficient products, water saving plumbing work and for rainwater tanks and associated guttering and connections for property owners and tenants in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.

For more details visit the Central Australia Waterwise Rebate Scheme web page.

Related action: Harvest and use your rainwater, Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Queensland

Solar Bonus Scheme

The Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme rewards households that install solar power (photovoltaic – PV) renewable energy systems by paying them for the excess electricity that they generate.

For more details visit the Queensland Government's Department of Energy and Water Supply website.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Solar hot water and heat pump rebate

Queensland households can access rebates of $600 or $1,000 (for eligible pensioners and low income earners) to replace an electric hot water system with a solar hot water system or heat pump.

For more details and to check your eligibility visit the Queensland Government’s Solar Hot Water Rebate web page.

Related action: Install solar hot water

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

Solar hot water rebate

Concession card-holders in South Australia may be eligible for a rebate of $500 for the cost of installing a new solar hot water or electric heat pump hot water system.

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

Related actions: Install solar hot water

Rainwater tank rebate

South Australian households can claim a rebate of up to $200 for the installation of a rainwater tank and for $30 (free for concession card holders) a licensed plumber will come to your home and check your plumbing fixtures and fittings, retrofit water saving devices (including up to two showerheads) and provide water saving advice.

For more details visit the SA Water website.

Some local councils also offer rebates for purchasing water saving devices. Contact your local council to find out.

Related action: Harvest and use your rainwater, Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Install water tanks connected to toilets.

Home energy incentives

The Residential 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

DEPI - Water rebate program

The DEPI - Water rebate program rewards Victorians for their efforts to be water efficient around the home, garden and small business. Rebates are available on a range of water efficient products and appliances, such as washing machines, pool covers, dual-flush toilets, rainwater tanks, greywater systems and water-efficient gardening products.

For more details visit the DEPI Water Rebate Program website.

Some local councils also offer rebates for purchasing water saving devices. Contact your local council to find out.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Home appliance rebate

The Whitegoods Appliance Rebate offers $100 to eligible concession card holders to help them buy energy efficient refrigerators and washing machines.

For more details visit the Resource Smart website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

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

Bushfire affected households rebates

A range of rebates and sustainable building advice is available to residents rebuilding their homes after the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

There are currently rebates/incentives available to homeowners installing a solar hot water system in rebuilt homes, with a Victorian Government rebate available also for installing water tanks in rebuilt homes.

For more details visit the Resource Smart website

Related actions: Install solar hot water, Harvest and use your rainwater

Gas heater discount for concession card-holders

If you’re the holder of an eligible concession card you can claim a $700 point-of-sale discount off the supply and installation of a high efficiency gas space heater. The rebate assists eligible households switch from electric to gas heating but is not available for the replacement of existing gas heaters. Ducted gas heating systems and unfllued (flueless) heaters are not eligible products for the discount.

With heating accounting for up to 50 per cent of the energy used in Victorian homes, the switch from electric to gas heating can provide significant savings on your energy bill and greenhouse gas emissions.

For more details visit the Resource Smart web page.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Embrace energy efficiency

Dual-flush Toilet replacement scheme

The Dual-flush Toilet Replacement Program can help Melbourne households save on water use, saving you almost half the usual cost of a dual-flush toilet and installation. Other products available, depending on your water retailer, include water-saving showerheads and flow control valves.

For more details visit the Melbourne Toilet Replacement Program web page.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Western Australia

Solar hot water rebate

The Solar Hot Water Heater Subsidy provides rebates from $500 to $700 to Western Australian households who install environmentally friendly, gas-boosted solar water heaters.

For more details visit the Department of Finance - Solar Water Heater Subsidy Scheme website.

Related action: Install solar hot water

Electricity feed-in tariff

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 Horizon Power site.

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

H2O Assist program

The H2O Assist program helps Water Corporation residential and business customers in the Perth metropolitan area (including Mandurah) to reduce their water use by providing a range of water-efficient products that are delivered and installed for a fixed price.

For more information on this program go to the Water Corporation's H2O Assist program page.

Related actions: Use water efficiently, Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Cultivate water saving habits, Make your renovation green

Tasmania

Electricity feed-in tariff

The Aurora Energy Net Metering Buyback Scheme rewards residential and small business customers who install small-scale solar, wind turbine or hydro renewable energy generation technology by paying for the electricity they generate.

For more details visit the Aurora Energy website.

Related action: Generate your own electricity