Save Energy

  • Heating and cooling accounts for around 40% of your power bill.
  • An energy-efficient home will save you hundreds of dollars on your power bills.
  • You can save money, make your home more comfortable and reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.

Energy Hero consultation

You can apply to receive a free energy consultation with a volunteer Energy Hero. Energy Heroes are volunteer community members who can point you in the right direction when making sustainable upgrades in your home.

Apply for a free energy consultation

Energy rebates and subsidies

Energy costs are rising, making it more difficult and costly to heat and cool our homes. Fortunately, a range of financial incentives are available for households and businesses to improve energy efficiency, save money and reduce emissions.

Hot water rebate

Solar Victoria offers a rebate of up to $1,000 for heat pumps and hot water systems.  Eligibility criteria apply.  Find out more at:

Solar rebates and loans

Solar rebates of up to $1,400 and interest free loans of the same value are available for home owners and rental providers from Solar Victoria.   In addition, interest free loans of up to $8,800 are available for solar batteries.  Eligibility criteria apply.  See Solar Victoria

Victorian Energy Upgrades Program

Homeowners and businesses are eligible for discounts on energy saving products and appliances including low and no-cost options such as draught sealing, as well as subsidies for replacing major appliances such as hot water systems, heating systems and much more. Find out more at:

$250 Power Saving Bonus 

The Power Saving Bonus is a one-off $250 State Government payment available to all Victorian households to help cover the costs of home energy bills and help find a better energy deal using an independent price comparison site.  Find out more at:

For extra assistance with applying:

  • Call the Brotherhood of St. Laurence on 9956 8850 or visit their website
  • You can also get help at your local Community Support Centre:  Western Port (Hastings),  Mornington  and Southern Peninsula (Rosebud).  These Centres may also be able to assist with other energy affordability programs.  Contact them to find out more.

You can get help with your application at the Western Port Community Support centre from Monday to Friday (10 am – 4 pm).  Just drop in and a trained worker can help you through the process. Drop-in sessions are also being held at the Hastings and Somerville library and other local areas.  Contact the Western Port Community Support on ph. 5979 2762 to find out more.

Explore solar energy

Installing a solar PV system gives you access to affordable clean energy and is a practical way to act on the climate crisis. A solar system will typically pay for itself through your energy bill savings in 3 to 5 years and you’ll continue to benefit over the next 25 years.  

The Victorian Government, through Solar Victoria, are providing a rebate of up to $1,400 for solar panel (PV) system installation, for homeowners and rental providers.  An interest free of $1,400 is also available for solar through the program.

Learn more: Solar Victoria

Building, buying or renovating your home?

Visit the Your Home website for guides to building, buying or renovating a home that is comfortable, economic and healthier to live in.

Learn more: Your Home

Home energy kits

Our Mornington Peninsula Libraries have Home Energy Kits available to borrow.

Find out more

Reduce your car emissions

Transport is a large driver of carbon emissions. To reduce your impact on the environment, walk, car pool or ride a bike when possible.

More than 30% of our community emissions come from transport.   

To reduce your impact on the environment, walk, car pool or ride a bike when possible.

Shopping local reduces transport emissions, as does reducing what we consume and the waste we produce.

Learn more:

Tips to reduce your home’s energy use

There are many simple things you can do around the home to save energy and money.

You can also visit the Shire's Eco Living Display Centre at The Briars to learn more about living sustainably and having an energy efficient home. The Centre offers tours, school excursions, one on one advice and workshops.