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.vic.gov.au/solar-hot-water-rebate
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: victorianenergysaver.vic.gov.au.
$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: compare.energy.vic.gov.au
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.