Environmental Grants and Rebates
Rebates for Solar
The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Program provides rebates for solar panel (PV) systems for homeowners, rental properties (via the landlord) and businesses. Also on offer is solar hot water rebates and rebates for solar and battery installations. The Government wants to help Victorians cut their electricity bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
For eligibility requirements visit the Solar Homes Program website. For comprehensive information on installing solar power on your property, details about feed-in-tariffs and how to avoid common pitfalls, please visit Council’s Solar and Renewable Energy page.
Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Rebates
The Victorian Government is offering homeowners with a concession card or a combined yearly income of less than $90,000 a rebate to upgrade gas heaters, electric heaters, wood heaters and homes with no heating with energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners through the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades program. Rebates include:
- $1,000 towards the cost of an energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner,
- $200 towards the cost of decommissioning your outdated gas heater (if an existing gas heater is being replaced), and
- $500 towards the cost of upgrading your switchboard (if an upgrade is required to install the rebated reverse-cycle air conditioner).
Visit the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades website for information including eligibility requirements and to apply for these rebates.
Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades
$250 Power Saving Bonus
The Victorian Government is offering a $250 Power Saving Bonus for Pensioner Concession Card holders and some Health Care Card holders (including JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy recipients). The $250 bonus is a once-off payment to provide direct support to vulnerable households experiencing energy bill stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information including eligibility requirements visit:
If you need additional help in accessing the Power Saving Bonus, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence can assist you:
Victorian Energy Compare
Victorian Energy Compare is an independent Victorian Government price comparison site to help you compare electricity, gas and solar offers from all energy retailers, based on information you provide about your household or small business. Visit the energy comparison site to make sure you’re not paying too much for your energy bills.
Victorian Energy Upgrades Program
Through the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program, the Victorian Government offers discounts and special deals to homeowners and businesses on selected energy saving products and appliances, to make your property more energy efficient and affordable.
The Victorian Government has put together a list of participating businesses who are accredited to pass on the savings to you. The bigger the greenhouse gas reduction, the bigger your potential incentive. Discounts and special deals range from large items such as replacing inefficient heating and cooling systems, hot water systems and large household appliances, through to showerheads, lighting, draught proofing and energy standby eliminators.
Visit the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program website for a comprehensive list of products and services available for discounts and special deals under the program.
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