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Households

There is a range of incentives available for residents wanting to make their households more sustainable.

Free home energy assessments

The home energy assessments offered by the Federal Government ended on 28 February 2011. The proposed Green Start program will no longer be proceeding.

Energy saving incentives for low income households

Financial support is available for concession card holders to purchase energy efficient heating and white goods.

Free energy saving light globes and power saving switches- for home owners and renters

The Energy Saver Incentive program is a Victorian Government scheme to help make energy efficiency more affordable. The program is the public face of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) program.

Under the Energy Saver Incentive scheme, discounts or special offers are available on a range of energy efficiency products including weather sealing, lighting, hot water systems and double glazing. Incentives are also available for the environmentally responsible disposal of energy inefficient appliances such as old fridges. This scheme is continually expanding.

Free energy saving light globes have previously been provided under this program. The program has now been expanded to include free energy saving power switches such as the Ember Plug. Suppliers will install energy saving devices in your home free of charge. The installations allow suppliers to create Energy Efficiency Certificates which they can trade for a financial return.  A list of suppliers can be found on the Essential Services Commission web page. Unfortunately not all suppliers listed are currently offering services. Householders can contact suppliers directly however many suppliers prefer to focus on specific areas and approach residents though door knocking or other direct marketing. It is recommended that householders ask for photo identification and take reasonable precautions before letting someone into their home.

We are aware of a number of installers currently offering free installations in Boroondara. These are listed below. The services offered differ between installers. Inclusion on this list is not a recommendation of a particular installer. Again, it is recommended that householders ask for photo identification and take reasonable precautions before letting someone into their home.

Solar hot water systems and heat pumps

There are currently a number of incentives for solar hot water systems and/or heat pumps. These rebates can typically be claimed through an authorised installer and will often result in a reduced upfront cost to the purchaser.

  • Victorian Metropolitan Melbourne solar hot water rebate, administered by Sustainability Victoria, this scheme offers rebates of up to $1,500 for metropolitan residents dependant on the size and efficiency of the system. This rebate cannot be claimed in conjunction with the federal Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme rebate.
  • Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme Now Closed (which replaced the Solar Hot Water Rebate), administered at the federal level by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, offers rebates of $1,000 for solar systems and $600 for heat pumps. As part of the Australian Government's flood relief package the pool of available funds for this scheme was reduced. This funding is no longer available.
  • Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs), administered at the federal level by Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator. These STCs have replaced Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), but still offer significant financial incentive for installing solar hot water system or a heat pump.
  • Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates (VEECs), administered by the Victorian Essential Services Commission. This scheme offers financial incentives for a range of actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions including the installation of a solar hot water system or heat pump. This scheme is marketed as the Energy Saver Incentive.

Photovoltaic (PV) cells

There are currently three different types of incentives if you install technologies that generate renewable energy (such as photovoltaic cells). These rebates can typically be claimed through an authorised installer and reduce the upfront cost of the system. Quoted prices will often include these discounts.

  • Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs), administered at the federal level by the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator and replacing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). This scheme offers significant financial incentives for installing residential solar electricity systems.
  • Renewable Energy Target scheme, operating in conjunction with the STC/REC scheme to support residential renewable electricity generation systems. This system works by providing solar credits which multiply the number of STC/RECs normally available.
  • Victorian Solar Feed-In Tariffs, feed in tariffs are paid for electricity fed back into the grid from a renewable energy source. These are administered at the state level by the Department of Primary Industries. 

Rainwater tanks and/or greywater systems

Incentives to install rainwater tanks or greywater systems are offered by the Victorian Government:

  • Water Smart Gardens and Homes Rebate scheme, administered at the state level by the Victorian Government and water retailers.
  • The National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative is now closed.

Showerhead exchange and toilet replacement

There are currently two incentives offering rebates to install water efficient products:

Courtesy of Yarra Valley Water, you can exchange your old showerhead for a new water-efficient showerhead valued at $30 at either of Council's offices. Residents are asked to bring in their Yarra Valley Water utility bill for verification purposes.

  • Camberwell – 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell (Melway 59 J2)
  • Hawthorn – 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn (Melway 45 D10)

Businesses

Environmental and sustainability-related grants, rebates and funding are also offered to eligible businesses. Installers of renewable energy systems and energy efficient hot water systems will generally be able to assist in claiming relevant grants and rebates. Financial support is provided by both the state and federal governments.

Other assistance includes:

  • Grow Me the Money – a program designed to guide small and medium businesses through the process of becoming more sustainable.
  • Carbon Down – a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Carbon Down partners with companies and organisations, offering knowledge, funding and support to projects that help businesses find new ways of tackling climate change.

Schools/community groups

Assistance is offered to schools and community groups by both the state and federal governments. Installers of renewable energy systems and energy efficient hot water systems will generally be able to assist in claiming relevant grants and rebates.