Energy efficiency grants opening 13 February

10 February 2012 –

The Federal Government opened its package of energy efficiency programs designed to improve energy efficiency in households communities and businesses.

The programs opened include:

- The Community Energy Efficiency Program – $200 million to assist local government, not-for-profit and community organisations to undertake energy efficiency upgrades to community infrastructure.

- The Low Income Energy Efficiency Program – $100 million to support groups of service providers to demonstrate smarter energy use in low income households across Australia.

- The Energy Efficiency Information Grants program – $40 million to support small and medium sized businesses and community groups by providing information and advice to make smarter energy choices.

Applications open on 13 February.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)

Garden water assessment and rebate

GardenSmart is a free service for ACT households where a qualified horticulturist visits your home and offers free advice on how you can save water in the garden. The service is worth $150 and gives you specific advice on water smart plant varieties, garden design and other practical water-efficiency solutions. After your GardenSmart assessment, you will be eligible for a $50 rebate to help with the cost of purchasing water-saving products such as garden mulch, trigger nozzles, moisture sensors or even a worm farm. A full list of approved items will be given to you at the time of your assessment.

Home energy assessment and rebate

The HEAT Energy Audit is a comprehensive home energy assessment

undertaken at your home by the independent Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT). The audit provides you with a detailed report outlining practical actions you can take to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, as well as reduce your household energy costs. The home audit costs $30 and is free for holders of a pensioner concession card. Homeowners or landlords who spend at least $2,000 on implementing the priority energy efficiency recommendations listed in their audit report will be eligible for a $500 rebate from the ACT Government, plus a refund of the $30 audit fee.

Toilet replacement service

The ToiletSmart program assists ACT homeowners to replace their single flush toilet suite with a 4-star rated water-efficient toilet suite. Participants are also eligible for the ToiletSmart Plus options, which include a free home water audit and additional low-cost water saving fixtures and repairs.

Water tank and connection rebates

The Rainwater Tank and Internal Connection rebates provide ACT households with a rebate of up to $1,000 to purchase and install a water tank, or up to $600 to connect an existing tank to your internal plumbing. An internal plumbing connection will usually connect your tank to a toilet or a washing machine inside your home. This internal connection lets you use your tank water to replace mains water all year round and helps you maximise the amount of tap water you can save.

Wood heater and fireplace replacement subsidy

The Wood Heater Replacement Program can help ACT residents replace old solid fuel heaters or open fireplaces with a new mains-supplied gas heater. The Program helps you reduce air pollution with a subsidy of $800 for ducted natural gas installations or $600 for flued natural gas installations. All claims must be lodged with the Environment Protection unit by 31 December 2011.

NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW)

Home energy assessment

NSW residents with an eligible concession card can improve their household energy with the Home Power Savings Program. The home service involves an energy expert visiting your home to do a free energy audit and action plan and to provide you with a range of products and services to help you save energy and money.

Don't forget national rebates.

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)

Electricity feed-in tariff

The Northern Territory Grid Buy Back Rate rewards households that install solar power (photovoltaic - PV) renewable energy systems by paying them for the electricity they generate. The NT system is a gross feed-in tariff scheme which means that you are paid for each unit of electricity that you feed back into the grid.

Home energy rebates

Northern Territory households can claim a 50 per cent rebate, up to the value of $200, on the cost and installation of selected energy-saving items. You may be eligible for a rebate on a range of items to save you energy and money including energy efficient light globes, fridge and freezer seals, power boards, timers and energy usage meters.

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.

Water saving appliances rebates

The NT Waterwise Central Australia Rebate Scheme provides Alice Springs and Tennant Creek households with rebates of up to $150 for certain water-saving products and up to $500 for eligible water-saving plumbing services.

QUEENSLAND (QLD)

Electricity feed-in tariff

The Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme rewards households and other small electricity customers that install solar power (photovoltaic - PV) renewable energy systems by paying them for the excess electricity they generate. The Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme is a net tariff scheme which means that at any point in time when your household consumes less electricity than your PV system is generating, you are paid for the surplus electricity that is fed back into the grid.

Home energy and water assessments and incentives

The ClimateSmart Home Service can help Queensland residents improve their household energy and water efficiency. The home service involves a qualified electrician visiting your home to do an energy assessment and provide you with a range of products and services to help you save energy and water. The service costs $50 and could save you hundreds on your energy and water bills each year. Householders can access a service worth more than $400.

Solar hot water rebate

If you are a household in Queensland you can access the Queensland Government Solar Hot Water Rebate of $600 or $1,000 (for eligible pensioners and low income earners) when you replace your electric storage hot water system with a solar or heat pump hot water system.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)

Electricity feed-in tariff

South Australia's Solar Feed-in Scheme rewards households and small electricity customers that install solar (photovoltaic - PV) renewable energy systems by paying them for the excess electricity they generate. The South Australian Scheme is a net tariff scheme. You are paid for the excess electricity that you feed back into the grid at any time during the day, not just any excess at the end of the billing period. From 1 October 2011 to 1 October 2013, the feed-in tariff category will be 16 cents per kWh for new customers. Eligible customers in this category will receive this feed-in tariff rate until 30 September 2016.

Home and garden water rebates

As a South Australian householder, the H2OME rebate scheme can help you save money and water with rebates of up to $200 and discounted water efficient products and plumbing advice including: water efficient garden goods, rainwater tanks (stand-alone only) and an inspection by a licensed plumber, professional advice and the fitting of water saving products.

Home energy incentives

If you are a South Australian resident, you could be eligible for a range of special offers and incentives to help make your home more energy efficient. These are available from energy providers and their contractors and are being offered as part of the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme. Some items, such as installing draught proofing strips and more efficient lighting and showerheads, are being offered for free. Some energy providers are also offering rebates for installing ceiling insulation, more efficient hot water systems and upgrades to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. If you are a low income household, you may also be eligible for a free energy audit to help you identify the changes you can make to save energy and save money on your electricity bills.

Solar hot water rebate

If you are a concession card holder in South Australia, and you own and occupy your home, you can be paid a rebate of $500 for the cost of installing a new solar hot water or electric heat pump hot water system. The rebate has been designed to help low income households comply with the South Australian low-emission water heater requirements.

VICTORIA (VIC)

Electric heater replacement discount

The Gas Heater Discount for Concession Card Holders provides a $700 discount to eligible Victorian households that replace an electric heater with an approved gas space heater. The discount is only available at point of sale through participating gas heater retailers. Using an efficient gas heater will help you reduce your electricity bills. Households purchasing a new gas heater may be eligible for additional financial assistance through the Victoria Energy Saver Incentive.

Electricity feed-in tariff

The Victorian Feed-in Tariff scheme rewards households that install a renewable energy system by crediting them for the excess electricity they generate. Feed-in tariffs are available to eligible customers for small and large systems. There is a new Transitional Solar Feed-in Tariff scheme for small-scale PV systems of up to 5 kilowatts (kW). Eligible customers will receive a credit of 25 cents a kilowatt hour (kWh) for their excess energy generated from 1 January 2012 until 2016. A standard feed-in tariff is available for households, community organisations and small businesses generating electricity from PV, wind, hydro and biomass renewable energy systems of up to 100kW. From 1 January 2012, customers with systems 5kW or less will no longer be eligible to apply. The standard feed-in tariff provides a credit equal to of the standard retail rate and has no end date. All of the schemes have a net feed-in tariff. This means that you are credited only for the surplus energy you produce that is in excess of your own requirements and is returned to the electricity grid.

Gas hot water rebate

The Gas hot water rebate provides Victorian households with up to $400, or $700 for concession card holders, to replace their existing wood-fired or peak-rate electric hot water heater with a natural gas hot water system. Additional rebates of $300 are also available to help with the costs of installing gas hot water systems into some flats and apartments.

Home and garden water rebates

The Living Victoria Water Rebate Program replaces the Water Smart Gardens and Homes Rebate Scheme. The rebate program helps Victorian households with the costs of purchasing water and energy saving products such as washing machines, pool covers, dual-flush toilets, rainwater tanks, hot water re-circulators, greywater systems, composting bins and garden tap timers. Rebates are available for all Victorian residential households regardless of whether they are on tank water or reticulated (mains) water.

Home appliance rebate and assistance

The Whitegoods Appliance Rebate of $100 is available for eligible concession card households to help them buy energy efficient fridges and washing machines. The rebate is available through the No Interest Loan Scheme, Progress Loans Program or the Good Shepherd Buying service.

Home energy incentives

The Energy Saver Incentive helps Victorian households save energy with a range of discounts and special offers on selected energy-saving products and services. All sorts of organisations can participate in the initiative, from your energy retailer to your local appliance store, 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 are registered as a participating business under the Energy Saver Incentive program or view the register of participating businesses online.

Rainwater tank assistance - bushfire affected homes

The Bushfire Affected Rainwater Tank Grant can help Victorian residents rebuilding homes after the 2009 bushfires to purchase and install a rainwater tank(s). The Rainwater Tank Grant only applies to new homes and is only available to people whose residences were destroyed as a result of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires. Grants will be available for installations until 30 June 2012 with claims to be lodged by 30 September 2012.

Showerhead exchange

Victorian Households can swap old showerheads for brand new 3-star water efficient showerheads under the Showerhead Exchange Program. The water efficient showerheads are free and can help you save water and energy. To swap your old showerheads, you need to register online or contact your water provider directly. There is no limit to the number of showerheads you can swap.

Solar hot water rebate - bushfire affected homes

The Solar Hot Water Rebate - Bushfire Affected Homes scheme can help Victorian residents rebuilding homes after the 2009 bushfires with a rebate of up to $1,600 to replace a gas or non-electric water heater with a gas boosted solar hot water system in their new home. The Solar Hot Water Rebate only applies to new homes and is only available to people whose residences were destroyed as a result of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

Solar hot water rebate - metropolitan Melbourne

If you are a household in metropolitan Melbourne, you could be eligible for up to $1,500 as a point of sale discount off the cost of replacing or improving your existing hot water system with the Victorian Government Solar Hot Water rebate. Rebates are available for replacing existing hot water systems with a solar hot water system, or for adding solar to your existing system to pre-heat the water and improve the efficiency of your current system. A similar solar hot water rebate for households in regional Victoria is also available. If you are unsure which rebate you are eligible for, you can use the Region Checker tool on the Sustainability Victoria website.

Solar hot water rebate - regional Victoria

If you are a household in regional Victoria, you could be eligible for up to $1,600 as a point of sale discount off the cost of replacing or improving your existing hot water system with the Victorian Government Solar Hot Water rebate. Rebates are available for replacing existing hot water systems with a solar hot water system, or for adding solar to your existing system to improve the efficiency of your current system. A similar solar hot water rebate for households in metropolitan Melbourne is also available. If you are unsure which rebate you are eligible for, you can use the Region Checker tool on the Sustainability Victoria website.

Toilet replacement rebate

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.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)

Solar hot water rebate

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

TASMANIA (TAS)

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. The Tasmanian scheme credits you for all the energy you generate from your renewable energy power system and feed back into the electricity grid. Your own electricity usage is metered separately and you are charged for this at the appropriate tariff rate by Aurora Energy.

OTHER

This grants program invites partnerships from community, business and government to address the challenge of litter prevention, litter management and resource recovery in public places. Note: applications for this fund closed 22 November 2010.

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Government grants for councils and businesses to aid in the collection, reprocessing and recycling of waste materials.

Sustainability Victoria offers two grant programs for resource recovery within the Municipal Sector and the Commercial and Industrial and Construction and Demolition Sectors.

The project will support investment for new collection services for recyclable packaging to small to medium sized businesses.

The Regional TZW Support Program 2008-11 will provide funding to projects that reduce waste and increase the recovery of waste from the municipal and household sectors in regional and rural Victoria.

The TZW C&I Resource Recovery Infrastructure grants program contributes to achieving the Victorian Government's TZW Strategy target to recover 75% of waste by 2014.

The Solar Hubs Program (Solar Photovoltaics Community Hubs) is a Victorian Government program which aims to deliver community-based solar power across our state.

ero Emission Neighbourhoods (ZEN) is a new Victorian Government initiative to shape the sustainable future of new residential developments.

Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme—Solar Hot Water Rebate

The Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme—Solar Hot Water Rebate (REBS) assists households to save money on power bills and reduce their carbon emissions.

Water heating is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions from the average Australian home, accounting for around 23 per cent of household emissions. Installing a climate friendly hot water system can save a family hundreds of dollars off their energy bills each year.

REBS is available to help eligible home-owners, landlords or tenants to replace electric storage hot water systems with solar or heat pump hot water systems. Under REBS, eligible households can claim a rebate of $1 000 for a solar hot water system or $600 for a heat pump hot water system.

REBS replaced the former Solar Hot Water Rebate Program which was discontinued as of close of business 19 February 2010.

Guidelines and applications forms for the rebate are below.

IMPORTANT: An application must be received by the Department within four months (122 days) of an eligible system being installed

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Eligibility requirements

Full details of eligibility are provided in the guidelines. Key criteria are listed below.

  • Rebates are only available to people who have not previously received assistance to install ceiling insulation through the Home Insulation Program or the Homeowner Insulation Program at this address. An exception to this provision applies where foil insulation has been removed under the Australian Government’s Foil Insulation Safety Program.

  • The system must replace an existing electric storage hot water system.
  • An owner-occupier, landlord or tenant can apply for the rebate as long as the dwelling where the hot water system is installed is a principal place of residence.
  • The system must be installed and certified by a suitably qualified person (for example an electrician and/or plumber).
  • How to apply Important information
  • Applying for the rebate is straightforward and simple.
  • You can only apply for the rebate after the system has been installed.
  • The rebate is not available as a point of sale discount nor can a retailer, installer or commercial business apply for the rebate on behalf of their customers.
  • To claim a rebate, you need to submit an application using the application form below.
  • An application must be received by the Department within four months (122 days) of an eligible system being installed.
  • Please attach a copy of your purchase receipts which clearly indicates that you have installed a solar or heat pump hot water system with the application. No other supporting documentation is required.
  • You are required to agree that, if requested, you will provide evidence to support claims made in the application as part of an audit process to ensure you meet the program guidelines. For example allowing an authorised inspector access to your system.
  • You should allow eight weeks for the application to be processed.

You should read the guidelines to ensure you meet all eligibility requirements before applying.

Your application will need the following information:

  1. date of installation of your new solar or heat pump hot water system

  2. type of system (ie solar hot water or heat pump system)
  3. BSB Number—six-digit number which identifies the bank/financial institution and branch where your bank account is held
  4. bank account number where the rebate is to be deposited.

Guidelines and application form

For more information, please visit the Guidelines, where the application form is also available for download.

Submitting your application

Once you have completed your application form, ensuring you have met all requirements of the Guidelines, send it to:

Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme—Solar Hot Water Rebate

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

GPO Box 854

Canberra ACT 2601

For more information please call 1800 808 571 or e-mail: [email protected]