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Upgrading your inefficient appliances just got easier (and cheaper!)

An average Victorian household spends more than $2,500 on energy bills every year. If you fall into this category, there may be ways you can save money on your energy bills.

The Victorian Energy Upgrades program is providing households with access to discounts on a wide range of energy-saving products through accredited providers. The program can save a typical household around $150 a year off energy bills. Depending on the upgrades, these savings can go much higher. 

The program is available to every Victorian household to receive the benefits of discounted energy saving products. Below are some of the popular appliances you can upgrade or replace under the program. For information on all other appliances eligible under the program, click here.

Lights
LEDs are the most energy-efficient lightbulbs to have in your home. Not only do they have great light quality, but they typically have longer lifetimes as well, meaning you don’t need to replace your bulbs as frequently. 

The Victorian Government is helping upgrade all households to LED lights. You can save up to 80% on your lighting costs by installing energy-saving lighting technology. Any household that currently has incandescent lamps, halogen lamps and CFLs are eligible for the rebate. To see how to get involved, visit here.

Hot water systems
If your hot water system is more than 10 years old, it’s time to consider upgrading. Water heating can account for 16% of the average Victorian energy bill. It’s possible to reduce these costs by installing a more efficient system. To find out more information about the hot water replacement rebates, visit here

When looking at new systems, consider the following:

  • Electric – the cheapest to buy, but the most expensive to run.
  • Gas – one of the most economical types of water heaters. 
  • Solar – more expensive to buy and install, but the running costs will be significantly lower. 

Shower head
Showers use the most hot water in a typical Victorian home. By changing your conventional shower head for a water-saving one, you can make a real difference to your water use and reduce your energy costs. Inefficient showerheads have a flow rate above 9 litres per minute. To find out how to check your flow rate, or to see if you’re eligible for a replacement shower head, visit here

Weather proofing your home
Many Victorian homes have windows, doors and vents that do not seal tightly, allowing hot or cool air to escape. By making your home ‘draught proof’ (sealing gaps around the doors and windows), you will prevent air escaping your home and save money on heating and cooling. All Victorian households that want to seal their windows, doors, chimneys and vents are eligible to participate. To find out how much rebate you’re entitled to, visit here.

Heating and cooling
The cost of heating and cooling your home or business can be a significant part of your energy bills. On average, Victorian households can spend up to $800 a year, or a third of their energy bill, on heating. The program is helping homes upgrade or replace their old heating and cooling system with more efficient systems. Click here for more information.

Toilet exchange programs
Single-flush toilets use large amounts of water and can increase your bills. Dual flush toilets can save up to 35,000 litres of water a year for a family of four. Many councils across Victoria offer a toilet exchange program, whereby they will help replace your toilet so a dual-flush unit. Check with your local council or your water provider to see if they offer the exchange.