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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.

Related action: Generate your own electricity

LPG gas vehicle conversion

The LPG Vehicle Scheme offers grants of $2,000 towards the purchase of a new vehicle already fitted with LPG or a grant of $1,500 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 theNational Television and Computer Recycling Scheme site.

Related action: Recycle office wasteRecycle technical waste

News South Wales

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 Save Power website.

Energy and water efficient product information

The Save Power Retailer 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 Save Power Retailer 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.

Related actions: Grow an indigenous gardenJoin an urban regeneration 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.