Save with Sustainability Rebates
People living in Hobsons Bay can access many programs, offers and rebates to save on utility bills, and make it more affordable to install energy and water saving upgrades in the home.
To find an offer that’s right for you, browse through the below list of programs aimed at making it easier for you to save money while saving energy.
Rebates to upgrade your appliances
The Victorian Energy Upgrades program helps households and businesses save money and energy with a range of discounts and special offers on selected energy-saving products and services.
Depending on the upgrade/s, the average household can save between $120 and $1,100 a year on energy costs. Discounts and special offers are only available from accredited providers as listed on the Victorian Energy Saver website (when viewing an offer, scroll down to end of page to see a list of accredited providers operating in your area). There are offers available for both renters and home owners.
- Heating and cooling: The average Victorian household can spend up to $800 a year on heating alone. By replacing old heating/cooling systems, you can significantly reduce your energy use and costs. All Victorian households wanting to upgrade their heating and cooling systems are eligible to apply for rebates ranging between $60- $6,600. Learn more.
- Lighting: Save up to 80% on your lighting costs by installing energy-saving lightbulbs such as LEDs. You can expect a rebate of $60-$180 for upgrading. Learn more.
- Hot water systems: Water heating can account for 16% of your energy bill. It’s possible to reduce these costs by upgrading to a more efficient hot water system. You can expect a rebate of $420-$2,100 for upgrading. Learn more.
- Water-saving shower heads - available for renters and owners: By changing your old shower head for a water-saving one, you can make a real difference to your water use and reduce your energy costs. You can expect a rebate of $60 for upgrading, and often you will not pay anything i.e. the upgrade will be completely government subsidised! Learn more.
- Clothes dryers: Clothes dryers are a major contributor to household energy use. Investing in an energy-efficient electric clothes dryer is a great way to cut down on your energy use and costs. Buy a dryer that meets certain energy efficiency standards to receive a discount/rebate of approximately $60. Learn more.
- Weather sealing - available for renters and owners: Many Victorian homes have windows, doors and vents that do not seal tightly, allowing hot or cool air to escape. Installing weather sealing products prevents air escaping and keeps the temperature of your home easier to control, requiring less energy use to keep you comfortable. You can expect a rebate of $120-$660 for upgrading, and some upgrades will be completely government subsidised. Learn more.
- Window glazing: Double glazed windows are very energy efficient, helping reduce heat loss or heat gain by almost 30 per cent in comparison to single glazed windows. Discounts are available for replacing single glazed windows with double glazed windows, or installing a product to existing windows to improve thermal efficiency. Learn more.
- Pool pumps: You can cut down on your electricity bills and still have a comfortable swimming pool through energy efficient pool pumps. You can expect a rebate of approximately $240 for upgrading. Learn more.
- Televisions: Buy a TV that meets certain energy efficiency standards to receive a discount/rebate of approximately $60, and save a lot of money and energy over many years. Learn more.
- In-home energy monitor - available for renters and owners: An in-home energy display allows you to monitor your electricity use as it occurs. The product can help you understand and manage your energy use and reduce costs. Learn more.
The Victorian Energy Upgrades program is also available to businesses. Click here for more information.
Solar panel and home battery rebates
The Solar Homes program makes it easier for Victorian households to get solar, with a range of rebates for solar panels, solar hot water and solar batteries, along with incentives including interest-free loans to further reduce the upfront cost of installing a solar panel system.
Solar panel rebates for existing homes, and homes under construction: Home-owners can save up to $1,400 for the installation of solar panels on their property, and access a $1,400 interest free loan to install solar panels. Learn more.
Solar battery rebates: You can save up to $2,950 upfront on your solar battery system, and then save up to $640 per year on your energy bills when you install a solar battery. Learn more.
Solar rebates for rental properties: Eligible landlords can claim 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. You can also claim an interest-free loan of up to $1,400. Learn more.
Solar hot water and heat pump rebates
The Victorian Government is providing a 50% rebate of up to $1,000 on eligible solar hot water and heat pump hot water systems.
Solar hot water and heat pump systems use less energy to heat water at home. On average, households that install solar hot water systems can expect to save between $140-$400 per year on their electricity bills.
This is a good option for households where solar panels might not be suitable, or for households that already have solar panels installed.
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Receive payments for the solar power you generate
You may be able to receive payment for the excess power you generate through your small-scale renewable energy system, that is fed back into the electricity grid. The amount paid varies between different retailers and can be compared using the Victorian Energy Compare website.
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