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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.


News South Wales

Electricity feed-in tariff

The renewable energy feed-in tariff pays eligible NSW households and small businesses for the excess electricity they generate from small-scale solar (photovoltaic or PV) wind turbine or hydro systems.

To find your local tariff offer go to the Energy made easy site.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

Home Power Savings Program

The Home Power Savings Program helps residents with an eligible concession card improve their household energy efficiency. The program includes a home energy assessment, a power savings product kit and a personal action plan.

For more details visit the Home Power website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures.

Energy-efficient household appliances

By looking for Energy Rating Label and using the Smarter Choice running cost calculator before purchasing, you’ll save money on running your white goods.

The Office of Environment and Heritage’s Smarter Choice program is designed to help you make more informed purchasing decisions on appliances. visit the Energy Efficient Household Applainces site.

Related Actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures, Embrace energy efficiency.

Energy Savings Scheme

The Energy Savings Scheme may be able to help householders reduce their electricity bills.

By having energy efficient equipment installed in your home, you can reduce electricity use without sacrificing any of the benefits electrical equipment provides.

.For more details visit the Energy Savings Scheme website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Fridge Buyback Program

Fridge Buyback program pays you to help save the environment and reduce your power bills by giving up your old second fridge.

To participate in the program, your fridge must be a working second fridge that has been in regular use, is 250 litres or more in size (8.83 cubic feet) and at least 10 years old.

Fridge Buyback provides residents with free collections by professional removalists and a $35 rebate.For more details visit the Fridge Buyback website.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Plant selector - Sydney Water

The Sydney Water Plant Selector makes it easier for residents to chose plants that are suited to their local soil and weather conditions. Selecting suitable plants can save water without restricting the choice of garden design.

To find the plant selector go to the Sydney water - plant selector site.

Related actions: Grow an indigenous garden, Join a revegetation group.

Rainwater tank calculator - Sydney Water

The Sydney Water Rainwater tank calculator makes it easier for residents to decide what tank size will best meet their household’s water needs, and how much household water usage can be replaced by rainwater.

To find the plant selector go to the Sydney water - rainwater tank calculator site.

Related actions: Grow an indigenous gardenJoin a revegetation group.

Waterfix program

While not a rebate as such, the Waterfix program provides assistance for leak repairs and toilet replacements. Learn more here or call the WaterFix hotline on 1800 807 475.

For more information visit Sydney Water.

Related actions: Install efficient appliances and fixtures