In addition to the national Solar Cities program, South Australia and Victoria were the first states in Australia to offer special energy efficiency incentive programs for householders designed to operate through electricity retailers in each state. Let’s examine some of the energy efficiency program options available.
Victoria – Energy Save Incentive energy efficiency program
Energy Saver Incentive is the part of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) and is a requirement placed on energy retailers throughout Victoria to meet their own greenhouse gas emission reduction targets through energy efficiency activities, such as providing households with energy saving products and services at little or no cost.
This energy efficiency program commenced on 1 January 2009 and is expected to cut the average Victorian household power bill by around $45 per year. Electricity providers throughout Victoria are also being encouraged by the Victorian government to establish partnerships with renewable energy companies such as Energy Matters in order to offer their customers discounted items.
Victorian government approved energy efficiency program activities
|Gas/LPG water heater replaces an electric resistance water heater|
|Electric boosted solar or heat pump hot water heater replaces an electric resistance water heater|
|Solar Retrofit Kit fitted to an existing electric resistance water heater|
|Gas/LPG boosted solar hot water heater replaces electric resistance water heater|
|Gas/:PG boosted solar hot water replaces gas/lpg water heater|
|Solar Pre-Heater for an existing gas/lpg water heater|
|Installation of high efficiency ducted gas heater to replace existing gas ducted heater|
|Installation of high efficiency ducted gas heater to replace existing central electric resistance heater|
|Installation of ducted Air-to-air heat pump to replace existing ducted air-to-air heat pump|
|Installation of ducted Air-to-air heat pump to replace existing central electric resistance heater|
|Installation of Gas/LPG space heater|
|Install high efficiency space air-to-air heat pump|
|Installation of ceiling insulation in existing home with uninsulated ceilings|
|Installation of under floor insulation in existing home with uninsulated floors|
|Installation of a thermally efficient window or door|
|Retrofit of window (additional pane)|
|Retrofit of window (additional film)|
|Weather proof door|
|Weather seal wall vents|
|Weather seal windows|
|Install chimney damper|
|Installation of low energy general lighting service lamp|
|Installation of low energy small decorative lamp|
|Installation of low energy reflector lamp|
|installation of low energy downlights|
|Installation of low flow shower rose replacing conventional shower rose|
|Purchase of high efficiency appliances|
|Destruction of fridge built before 1996|
|Purchase of high efficiency 1- door refrigerator|
|Purchase of high efficiency 2 – door refrigerator|
|Purchase of high efficiency chest freezer|
|Purchase of high efficiency vertical freezer|
Householders in Victoria are encouraged to contact their electricity company in early January for further information regarding what the supplier is offering in terms of incentives and assistance. If you’re wanting to install a solar hot water system, please contact us first and we may be able to arrange a discount for you by negotiating with your electricity company!
South Australia REES program
The average South Australian home generates about eight tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
South Australian households will be able to lower their energy bills and help reduce greenhouse emissions at little or no cost through the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) program which commenced on 1 January 2009.
The REES program requires all South Australian gas and electricity retailers that have 5,000 customers or more to offer incentives to households to save energy in a variety of ways, such as converting an electric hot water service a solar hot water system.
The REES scheme is available to all South Australian households with a particular focus on providing cheap or free solutions to low-income households. Electricity retailers in South Australia are also being encouraged to enter into partnerships with renewable energy companies such as Energy Matters in order to offer their customers discounted items.
SA government approved energy efficiency activities
|Lighting||Changing light bulbs to energy efficient light bulbs|
|Shower heads||Replacing an existing showerhead with a water
|Insulation||Installing ceiling insulation where there isn’t any|
|Draught proofing||Sealing gaps in door, windows and exhaust fans to stop excessive air flow.|
|Refrigeration||Removal of old fridges and freezers|
|Heating & cooling||Upgrading heating and cooling systems to more efficient systems, or installing ductwork which makes them work more efficiently.|
|Water heaters||Installing a more efficient water heater, such as a solar hot water system or
Householders in South Australia should contact their electricity retailer to gain further information about what their utility is offering in terms of incentives and assistance.