Guide to rebates for going green

Use our guide to ensure that going green doesn’t cost the earth.
 
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  • Updated:24 Apr 2009
 

01 .Federal rebates

Please note: this information was current as of April 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market.


With climate change in mind, more Australians are installing power- and water-saving equipment. As this can mean significant upfront costs, governments are offering a range of rebates. Use our guide to ensure that 'going green' doesn’t cost the earth.

Federal Government rebates

  • When buying a new solar hot-water system, you can also sell the RECs created to a SHW retailer or REC trader, netting you a rebate of between $100 and $2000 (the amount varies with the REC market price). See www.orer.gov.au/swh.
  • After installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, recoup your costs via the Photovoltaic Rebate Programme (PVRP) and by selling RECs. The RECs depends on location and the panels’ kilowatt (kW) power output annually. See www.orer.gov.au for details.
  • The PVRP refunds up to $8000 for installing PV panels, with government approval pre-installation. See www.environment.gov.au. The household taxable income must be less than $100,000 and the system must be installed at your principal place of residence. Only those who have not previously received the rebate are eligible.
  • The PVRP refunds up to $5000 for an extension to the old system of PV panels, with government approval pre-installation. See www.environment.gov.au. The household taxable income must be less than $100,000 and the system must be installed at your principal place of residence. If you have previously received a rebate for systems less than 1kW you may be eligible for an extension rebate to bring the system up to a 1kW capacity.
  • The Federal Government is providing rebates of up to $500 for households to install rainwater tanks or greywater systems. This rebate will be funded over six years from 2008/09 to 2013/14. See www.environment.gov.au.
  • For owner/occupiers in remote areas, rebates of up to 50 per cent of the capital cost of renewable generation and essential enabling equipment are being offered. The upper limit of the rebate is $200,000, the applicant must be the owner of the land on which the residence is located and the system must primarily supply the primary residence. See www.environment.gov.au.
 
 

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NSW

  • Sydney Water offers up to $1500 rebate for installing and connecting rainwater tanks. The rebate is based on the size of the tank and whether it is plumbed into your toilet or washing machine. See www.environment.nsw.gov.au.
  • From January 2008, the NSW government is offering a $1200 rebate for switching from electric to solar hot water, and $300 for switching to gas. It must be purchased in full and installed between October 1, 2007 and June 30, 2009 and be installed by a licensed plumber. See www.hotwaterrebate.com.au.
  • By trading greenhouse gas savings via the NSW Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme (GGAS), some companies can offer free or cut-rate installation of compact fluorescent lightbulbs, water-efficient showerheads and home energy audits. Contact Neco, Totally Green Plumbing or EnviroSaver for details.
  • A $150 rebate is available for a new washing machine with at least a 4.5 star water efficiency rating from 1 August 2008 to 30 June 2010 inclusive. It must be purchased for personal use and installed in a NSW residential property.
  • There is an insulation rebate available for half of the costs of, or to a maximum of $300. The rebate is available for any type of thermal insulation materials for ceilings, installled in residential properties in NSW. The ceiling insulation must cover the entire ceiling area, comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4859.1:2002 for insulation and be purchased in full, and installed between 1 October 2007 and 30 June 2009. It must also meet a minimum R-value for your local government area. See www.environment.nsw.gov.au.
  • The fridge buyback scheme is still active, where a $35 cashback is offered if you have a working second fridge that is at least 10 years old and larger than 250 litres. Only eligible if fridge removal involves 6 stairs or less. See www.fridgebuyback.com.au.

Victoria

  • The state government gives rebates of $150 to $1000 for rainwater tanks connected to a toilet or laundry, water-saving devices ($30 to $500) such as greywater systems, toilets and showerheads and home water audits ($50). See www.ourwater.vic.gov.au.
  • Get solar hot-water rebates in Melbourne metro for SHW systems. The rebate is available for your principal place of residence only (or a residence where there is a permanent tenant and the electricity/gas bills are in the name of the tenant). The installation must be in an existing home where the current water heater has been operating at that address for at least 12 months. Only one rebate per dwelling is allowed. The rebate is offered on eligible installs until 31st December 2010. See www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au.
  • Get solar hot-water rebates in Melbourne metro and regional Victoria for SHW systems. The rebate is available for your principal place of residence only (or a residence where there is a permanent tenant and the electricity/gas bills are in the name of the tenant). The installation must be in an existing home where the current water heater has been operating at that address for at least 12 months. Only one rebate per dwelling is allowed. The rebate is offered on eligible installs until 31st December 2010. See www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au.
  • Gas hot water rebates are available for between $300-$700. Available if your household currently uses a peak (day-rate) electric water heater (a water heater that is ineligible for an off-peak electricity tariff), or a water heater fuelled by wood, your household does not have a second, off-peak hot water system, the property is your principal place of residence only. The rebate is also available for rental properties where the tenant is directly responsible for the energy bills, you will be installing a natural gas or LPG water heater that has a 5 star rating (or 4 star for internal systems). See www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au.
  • Rebates of up to 50% (up to $200,000) of the capital cost of renewable generation and essential equipment are available under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP). See www.resourcesmart.vic.gov.au.

ACT

  • The ACT government offers rebates on rainwater tanks plumbed into the home ($600 to $1000) and free Garden Water Assessment. See thinkwater.act.gov.au for details.
  • There is a ToiletSmart rebate, which offers a rebate of $100 for specific four-star dual flush toilet suites. This rebate is only available to ACT homeowners and for residential properties connected to ACTEW Corporation's water supply network. A maximum of two rebates can be claimed per premises. See www.thinkwater.act.gov.au.
  • You can also get free energy-efficient lightbulbs, water-efficient showerheads and home energy audits through the NSW GGAS scheme. See ActewAGL’s Enviro Saver program: www.actewagl.com.au.

Northern Territory

  • The Northern Territory Government is providing rebates of up to $50 for certain water saving products and up to $500 for eligible water saving plumbing services in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. See www.nt.gov.au.
  • An Indoor Plumbing Rebate of up to $100 is available to households in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek for services performed by a GreenPlumber; fix leaking taps, fix leaking toilet, install flow regulator/aerators to bathroom or kitchen taps, install low flow shower rose (3-star or better) and retrofit a dual flush toilet suite (replace older model with 4 star model or better; pedestal and cistern). See www.nt.gov.au.
  • A Outdoor Plumbing Rebate of up to $500 is available to households in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek for the following services performed by a GreenPlumber; plumbing services associated with connecting a rainwater tank to a household hot water system, toilet, washing machine or air-conditioner. Minimum tank size eligibility is 1000 litres; plumbing services associated with installing an NT Government approved greywater diversion device. Greywater diversion devices must comply with NT Government guidelines and must be installed by a licensed plumber.See www.nt.gov.au.

Queensland

  • Consumers can claim rebates on new rainwater tanks (up to $1150). You must have the deposit paid between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009 and be installed by 30 June 2009. The rebate application must be lodged by 30 September 2009. Only one rainwater tank rebate applies to each residential property. See www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.
  • There is a ClimateSmart Home service available of up to $50 value. During your ClimateSmart Home Service, a licensed electrician will visit your home, install a wireless energy monitor for you to keep and conduct an energy audit of your home. Where suitable, the electrician will supply and install a free water and energy efficient showerhead, and supply and install up to 15 free energy efficient light globes. You'll also receive a customised Energy and Water Efficiency Plan for your home and access to My ClimateSmart Home, a customised online resource for more energy and water savings. See www.climatesmarthome.com.
  • A solar water heater rebate of up to $400 exists for the first 1500 residents of Brisbane to apply. It must be an existing home, replacing an existing gas or electric system with a solar hot water system or heat pump. The replacement solar hot water system must be of a standard that qualifies for a minimum of 20 Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). All systems must be installed by a licensed plumber and must be inspected by Council’s Plumbing Services Group, and eligible hot water systems are gas, electric solar and heat pumps. See www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.

Western Australia

  • Rebates include $600, or 50% of the cost for internally plumbed rainwater tanks, $50 for non-plumbed tanks, and $20 to $500 for installing water-saving devices/systems. See the Western Australia Government Department of Waterwebsite.
  • You can also get SHW subsidies of $500 for natural gas-boosted SHW heaters, $700 for bottled LP gas-boosted SHW heaters — and sell the RECs. See www.dec.wa.gov.au.

South Australia

  • You can claim between $200 and $1000 for purchasing and plumbing a rainwater tank to retrofit into your home for uses such as toilet flushing, clothes washing and for hot water supply, $600 for connecting an existing tank, $200 for the ourchase of a new water-efficient washing machine, $150 for retrofitting a duel-flush toilet, and up to $30 for installing water-saving devices. See www.sawater.com.au.
  • You can claim of up to $50 when you spend $150 or more for water-efficient garden goods such as organic mulch or compost, oil moisture sensors or rain sensors, tap timers, soil wetting agents, oudoor compost bins, irrigation system controllers, drip watering systems & components or Smart Approved WaterMark products designed to concentrate water at the root base for plants and trees. See www.sawater.com.au.

Tasmania

  • Hobart City Council offers rebates for water audits ($30-$60), rainwater tanks ($300–$400), leak-fixing ($30), and water-efficient appliances ($12 to $105). See: www.hobartcity.com.au.
  • A solar and heat pump hot water rebate scheme offers a one off $500 rebate. Must have purchased and installed the solar hot water system between 1st July 2007 and 31st December 2011 or for the heat pump hot water system between 1st November 2008 and the 31 December 2011. It is to replace an existing electric storage hot water system and be eligible for at least 20 Renewable Energy Certificates (REC's) at the time and place of installation. Must be an owner-occupier of the property and the solar hot water system must be installed by a currently registered plumber. See www.hobartcity.com.au.
  • There is a 100% rebate on Council’s basic planning fee and building administration fee where sound and permanent energy efficient principles and features are incorporated into the planning and design of new houses and additions to existing houses. See www.hobartcity.com.au.
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