Qld Govt announces household energy savings program
The Queensland Government has announced that eligible householders will benefit from the $60 million household energy savings program to encourage the take up of energy efficient appliances and household batteries.
The Climate Smart Energy Savers appliance rebate is the first initiative to be released from this program. Eligible householders who purchase 4 star or higher energy efficiency appliances, will be able to claim rebates of up to $1,000 when applications open in September.
Rebates of between $300 and $1,000 will be available for eligible Queensland householders who replace old appliances with 4 star-rated (or higher) appliances and hot water systems from when the program opens in September 2023 until it closes or until the programs funding is exhausted. Note a maximum of 1,500 rebates will be available for energy efficient hot water systems. And only one rebate will be available per household.
Eligible appliances consist of the following:
- Washing machines and dryers
- Refrigerators (including fridge/freezers)
- Air conditioners (AS4755 compliant and 4 star-rated or higher for cooling)
- Solar and heat pump hot water systems
The standard rebate will be available to all eligible Queensland households, with higher rebates for low-income households. To be eligible for the low-income additional component, individual applicants must meet the Low-Income Tax Offset threshold as defined by the ATO. Rebates paid will be based on the appliance purchased and installed.
Energy savings and reduced carbon emissions
It’s estimated that making the switch from 2 to 4-star appliances could save individual Queensland households hundreds to thousands of dollars each year and reduce Queensland’s CO2 emissions by thousands of tonnes.
- Actual results will vary depending on household usage, location and appliance.
- Appliance data is based on energyrating.gov.au calculator for specific appliance types.
- Hot water data is based on energyrating.gov.au calculator data and Queensland FY2023-24 Tariff11 rate.
- Emissions data based on average kWh savings and 0.00088 tCO2/e/kWh.
To be notified when the Climate Smart Energy Savers applications open you can register your interest here at https://www.epw.qld.gov.au/resources/reusable-snippets/hesp-form