Rebates and assistance
Check what Australian Government rebates are available to all Australians.
And then check what rebates are available in your state.
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.
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: Embrace energy efficiency.
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.
Energy and water efficient product information
The Smarter Choice Program gives you the opportunity to learn more about the running costs of different appliances and white goods so you can make informed choices when buying new appliances and products.
For more details visit the Smarter Choice Program site.
Save Power Kits - borrow from your local library
You can now borrow a Save Power Kit free of charge from selected local libraries in New South Wales. The Save Power Kits provide tools, information and a guidebook to help you make your home more energy efficient.
For find out where you can borrow the save power kit visit the Save Power Kits site.
Related Actions: Embrace energy efficiency.
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.
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.
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.