Energy Saving Tips

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The Metro Community Power Hub simple energy advice program has now closed. If you are still interested in making your home more sustainable while also bringing down your power bill, there are a variety of ways that anyone can make this change! 

 

Solar panels

  • The federal government is providing benefits to households that install renewable energy systems including solar panels and solar water heaters through small-scale technology certificates with a redeemable value. The total rebate amount depends on the size of the system and number of certificates. Find out more here
  • The Victorian government is providing a rebate of up to $1,400 for solar panel (PV) system installation, for homeowners and rental properties plus the option of an interest-free loan. To further reduce installation costs, householders can apply for an interest-free loan, for an amount equivalent to their rebate amount. The loan is required to be repaid over four years or can be repaid sooner in one lump sum. Find out more here

 

Battery systems

Home battery schemes are being introduced across Victoria to encourage the installation of battery systems alongside solar. The technology stores excess generation from solar panels for quieter times such as cloudy days. By reserving energy, electricity costs are lowered for typical households by up to $640 a year and demand on the network is reduced in peak periods.

  • Solar Victoria is supporting eligible Victorian households to install a solar battery, by providing a point of sale discount up to a maximum of $3,500.

 

Water and heat pumps

Hot water systems are one of the biggest energy users in the home, accounting for around 21 per cent of total energy use. This can have a significant impact on household energy bills, but one way to keep these costs under control is to install an efficient hot water system such as a heat pump or solar hot water system.
Solar hot water and heat pump hot water systems use less energy to heat water at home, and can be run from renewable energy. Installing a more efficient solar hot water or heat pump hot water system can help reduce greenhouse emissions and energy bills. On average, households that install solar hot water systems can expect to save between $140-$400 per year on their electricity bills. 

  • The state government is providing a 50% rebate of up to $1,000 on eligible solar hot water and heat pump hot water systems. This is a great option for households where solar panels might not be suitable, or for households that already have solar panels installed. Find out more here.

  

Feed-in tariff payments

  • Feed-in tariffs provide a payment for excess electricity that households generate from small-scale solar or wind power, which is then fed back into the electricity grid. The amount paid varies between retailers and can be compared at Australian government price comparison Energy Made Easy

 

Options for renters 

  • The Victorian government offers rebates to eligible landlords and renters to install solar panels under its Solar for Rentals program. This program offers eligible rental providers a rebate of up to $1,400 for the installation of solar panels on their property, slashing the upfront costs of solar while increasing the value and appeal of their property.
    Eligible rental providers can also apply for an interest-free loan of up to $1,400 to further reduce the upfront cost of the solar panel system. 

 

For more information or advice please contact Council at sustainability@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au