There has never been a better time to buy and install a rainwater tank, grey water and solar hot water system, thanks to the fantastic support from the Federal and State Governments.
Below outline the rebates that are currently available.
Rainwater Tanks & Grey Water Systems - (Federal Government)
The Australian Government has announced that it will no longer be providing rebates for rainwater tanks or greywater systems under the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative. Rainwater tanks or greywater systems purchased after 10 May 2011 will not be eligible for an Australian Government rebate.
Householders still may apply for a rebate for rainwater tanks or greywater systems that were purchased on or before 10th May 2011. However all applications must be received by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities by 10 November 2011.
Applications will not be accepted after this time.
Click Here For More infomation about the Federal Rebate scheme and to download the rebate form
Rainwater Tanks & Grey Water Systems- (Victorian Government)
The Living Victoria Water Rebate Program rewards residential customers connected to a mains water supply for purchasing water-saving devices and services, thereby reducing their water consumption.
Households who purchased and installed a rainwater tank from 1 January 2007 are eligible for a rebate of up $1000.
The rebate is based on the size of the rainwater tank and requires the rainwater tank to be connected to toilet and/ or laundary facilities as follows:
|Greywater System - must be installed by a licenced plumber||Rebate|
|Permanent Greywater Treatment System||$500|
Rainwater Tank System - must be installed by a licensed plumber
|Rainwater Tanks, 2000-3999 litre capacity, connected to toilet and/ or laundry||$500|
|Rainwater Tanks, 4000+ litre capacity, connected to toilet and or laundry||$900|
|Rainwater Tanks, 4000+ litre capacity, connected to toilet and laundry
Householders who have already claimed a tank rebate prior to 1 January 2007 are still eligible for a reabte if they purchase an additional large tank connected to the toilet and/ or laundry.
The existing $150 rebate for Rainwater tanks 600 litres or larger not connected for indoor use will still apply, as will the $150 tank to toilet connection for new small tanks (600L to 1999L) and existing tanks. These two $150 rebates will continue to be credited to your next water bill.
The water smart and homes rebate scheme is a administered by the retail water authorities on behalf of the Victorian Government, in partnership with the Department pf Sustainability and Environment.
Solar Hot Water Rebate Scheme
There are rebates available through Federal and State government and also the redemption of STC's (Small-scale Technology Certificates - formerly REC's). The amount of rebate is based on the size of a system and performance. The better performing systems, or the ones that make the most effective use of the sun's energy, attract a higher rebate.
Australian government solar hot water rebate
The Australian Government's solar hot water rebate of $1000 to install a solar hot water system or $600 for a heat pump is available to households replacing and electric water heater. For further information visit the rebates page at the website of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficieny
STC's (Small-scale Technology Certificates) - formerly known as REC's
The Australian Government's Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) provides financial incentives to promote renewable energy. Small-scale Technology Certificates (STC's) are created when customer installs a solar hot water system. For example, if the STC price is $35 and your installation attracts 30 STC's you could save $1050. For more information on how to access this incentive please contact your solar hot water supplier. For further information on STC's visit the website of the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER).
Victoria solar hot water rebate
Melbourne Metropolitan: Rebates range from $300 to $1500 for installing solar hot water into an existing residential property depending on the size and preformance of the system.
Regional Victoria: Rebates for complete systems range from $400 to $1600, depending on the size and performance of the system. For further information and eligibility requirements visit the Resource Smart website
VEEC's (Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates)
The VEET (Victorian Energy Efficiency Target) scheme was introduced on 1 January 2009 and provides incentives to promote household energy efficiency. Certificates (VEECs) are created when customers replace their current hot water system for a solar hot water system. For more information on how to access this incentive please contact your hot water supplier. For further information on VEET please visit the Essential Services Commision website