Whitehorse City Council

Sustainability Rebates

Council is commitment to sustainability and provides incentives for Whitehorse residents to save water and energy and reduce waste. A number of fantastic rebates are available to City of Whitehorse ratepayers. To find out more information about the rebates, click on the links below.

> Greywater Treatment System Rebate
> Rainwater Tank Rebate
> Solar Rebate 
> Home Composting Incentive Program Rebate

In addition to Council rebates, the following rebates and incentives are also available to Whitehorse residents and businesses.  

Live Green with LESS

The residential component of the Live Green with LESS program concluded in July 2013. The program aimed to help households the eastern region lower their electricity and gas bills through the installation of a number of subsidised energy efficiency products including LED down lights, draft sealing products, energy monitors, stand-by power controllers, TV rebates, compact fluorescent light bulbs, low flow showerheads and insulation of hot water pipes. 

Since the program began in November 2012, Live Green with LESS has assisted more than 1000 households reduce emissions and save money through energy efficiency retrofits.  

Living Victoria Water Rebate Program 

The Victorian Government’s new Living Victoria Water Rebate Program rewards Victorians for their efforts to be water efficient around the home, garden and small business by providing rebates on a range of water efficient products and appliances. They include: 

  • Water conservation audits
  • Hot water re-circulators
  • Water-efficient showerheads
  • Dual-flush toilets
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Pool covers with roller/reel
  • Washing machines
  • Various gardening, water saving devices and waterless car cleaning products. 

Current rebates are available for products purchased and installed between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2015. For more information, visit www.water.vic.gov.au or phone 136 186. 

Gas Hot Water Rebate – Sustainability Victoria

The Victorian Government can help with the cost of new hot water systems for those that are eligible for a rebate. The Gas Hot Water Rebate program provides rebates of up to $700 for the purchase and installation of eligible natural gas and LPG hot water systems if your household currently uses: 

  • A peak (day-rate) electric hot water system (a hot water system that is ineligible for an off-peak electricity tariff) with a capacity of 160 litres or less
  • A hot water system fuelled by wood.  

The Victorian Government may vary availability of the rebate, and the amount of the rebate, from time to time. For more information, visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 366 195. 

Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) Scheme

The Energy Saver Incentive program is the public face of the Victorian Government’s VEET scheme. Accredited businesses can offer discounts and special offers on energy saving products and appliances including weather sealing, lighting, hot water systems and double glazing installed at homes, businesses or other non-residential premises.  

For more information, and for a full list of accredited retailers, visit www.veet.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9032 1310. 

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES)

Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs) are a tradeable commodity attached to eligible installations of renewable energy systems including: 

  • Solar panels
  • Solar water heaters
  • Heat pumps.  

Under the Federal Government’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), when you install an eligible system, you may claim a set number of these STCs. SRES replaces Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). For more information, visit http://ret.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au or speak with your retailer.  

This information was current on 17 January 2013.