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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 web page and the Clean Energy Regulator - Solar Credits web page.

LPG gas vehicle conversion

The LPG Vehicle Scheme closes on 30 June 2014.

The LPG Vehicle Scheme offers grants of $2,000 towards the purchase of a new vehicle already fitted with LPG or a grant of $1,000 for the LPG conversion of a new or used vehicle.

To check your eligibility and download an application form visit the AusIndustry LPG Vehicle Scheme website. You can also ring the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au

Related action: Buy an efficient car

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.

Related action: Recycle office waste

Energy assistance for households

If you're experiencing difficulty in paying energy bills then the scheme can assist you to reduce your energy use around the home and better manage the household budget. The scheme is run by community organisations around Australia.

For more details visit the Home Energy Saver Scheme (HESS) website.

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

Queensland

Solar Bonus Scheme

The Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme rewards households that install solar power (photovoltaic – PV) renewable energy systems by paying them for the excess electricity that they generate.

For more details visit the Queensland Government's Department of Energy and Water Supply website.

Solar hot water and heat pump rebate

Queensland households can access rebates of $600 or $1,000 (for eligible pensioners and low income earners) to replace an electric hot water system with a solar hot water system or heat pump.

For more details and to check your eligibility visit the Queensland Government’s Solar Hot Water Rebate web page.

Related action: Install solar hot water

Electric hot water tariff incentive

The Energex Hot Water Rewards scheme provides an incentive of a $100 EFTPOS gift card to eligible South East Queensland households that connect an electric hot water system to an economy tariff.

For more details and to check your eligibility visit the Energex website.

Related action: Install solar hot water

Home energy and water assessments and incentives

The ClimateSmart Home Service can help Queensland residents improve their household energy and water efficiency. The home service involves a qualified electrician visiting your home to do an energy audit and provide you with a range of products and services to help save energy and water.

The service costs $50 and could save you hundreds on your energy and water bills each year.

For more details, and to book online, visit the ClimateSmart Home Service website.

Some local councils also offer rebates for purchasing water saving devices. Contact your local council to find out.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

Pool pumps, tariff and energy-efficiency

The Energex Pool Rewards Program provides an incentive of a $250 EFTPOS gift card to eligible South East Queensland households that connect a pool pump to an off-peak electricity tariff or install a minimum 5-star rated energy-efficient pool pump.

For more details, and to book online, visit the Energex website.

Related action: Install efficient appliances and fixtures

ecoBiz rebate

ecoBiz is a free eco-efficiency program providing self-assessment tools, training and information developed to guide Queensland business to improve efficiencies and resource use for financial and environmental benefits.

For more details visit the ecoBiz web page.

Related action: Implement efficient air conditioning and heating