Guide to rebates for going green

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  • Updated:24 Apr 2009
 

02.ACT, NSW and VIC

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.
 

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