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Rebates and assistance

Check what Australian Government rebates are available to all Australians.

And then check what rebates are available in your state.

Australia Government Rebates

Renewable power incentive

You maybe entitled to Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) if your Small-scale Generation Unit (SGU), such as small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, wind or hydro unit, is eligible. These certificates can then be sold and transferred to a STC agent (usually electricity retailers) or sold in the STC market or through the STC Clearing House. A STC agent will offer you a financial benefit such as an up-front discount or delayed cash payment when you assign your STCs to them. A majority of owners take this option.

For more details visit the Australian Government's Clean Energy Regulator - Incentives for Solar Panels, and the Renewable Energy Target pages.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides households and small businesses with access to free recycling services for televisions and computers. Recycling services are currently available in areas of the ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, with further services to be rolled out across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia by the end of 2013. Electronic items such as televisions and computers, printers, keyboards, mice and hard drives can be disposed of for free. The scheme does not cover other electronic items such as mobile phones, stereos and video recorders.

For the list of currently operating recycling drop off points provided by Scheme, go to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme site.

 

Victoria

Electric feed-in tariff

The Victorian Feed-In Tariff scheme rewards households and businesses with a financial return when they generate renewable electricity that they feed back into the grid.

There have been a number of recent changes to the Victorian feed-in tariff scheme, which continues to be under review. We suggest you undertake your own considered research before deciding on installing renewable power system such as solar panels.

For more details visit the Department of Primary Industries website.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Smarter Choice – Choosing energy efficient appliances

The Smarter Choice Retail Program makes it easier for householders to save on energy and water bills by making smarter choices when buying new appliances and products. Information is also available on how to recycle your old appliances and reduce waste.

To find out more about this program read the full program information on the Victorian Government Sustainability Victoria website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Make your renovations green, Generate your own electricity, Mulch your patchInstall solar hot water, Insulate, shade and weatherproof your house.

Energy Saver Incentive

The Energy Saver Incentive helps householders save energy and money with a range of discounts and special offers on selected energy-saving products and services.

All sorts of organisations can participate in the initiative, including energy retailers and local appliance stores, as well as plumbers, builders and other tradespeople.

Discounts and special offers are only available from participating businesses. Make sure you ask your retailer or tradesperson if they're registered as a participating business under the Energy Saver Incentive program or view the register of participating businesses online.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Make your renovations green, Generate your own electricity, Mulch your patch, Install solar hot water, Insulate, shade and weatherproof your house.

DHS Water Concessions

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and other agencies offer a variety of concessions and benefits to eligible cardholders to assist low-income Victorians with water and sewerage bills.

For more details visit the Department of Human Services website.

Related actions: Harvest and use your rainwater