Home Energy Assist Program

Healthy Homes

The Victorian Healthy Homes program will upgrade the homes of a number of vulnerable Victorians with complex healthcare needs and low incomes, to improve thermal winter comfort and reduce energy bills.

The upgrades will include the installation of high-efficiency gas or electric heating appliances, ceiling insulation, window coverings, draught proofing, and lighting upgrades.

This is a referral program, run via local governments in Melbourne's western suburbs and the Goulburn Valley. The Program will measure the health, productivity and financial benefits that can be achieved by improving building thermal performance and incorporating energy efficiency upgrades in low-income homes where householders have complex healthcare needs. To check eligibility and register your interest please follow this link to Sustainability Victoria's website.

Affordable Retrofits

The Affordable Retrofits Program will deliver energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to a number of concession and low income households across Victoria. Upgrades will include home renovations such as draught sealing, improving insulation, upgrading appliances to more energy efficient models and installing solar panels. Households will also receive an in-home energy assessment, and guidance on the use of Victoria Energy Compare to determine whether they are getting the best deal for their energy services.

Households will be offered generous subsidies based on a co-contribution model to enable the installation of more upgrades than they would otherwise be able to make. Where possible households will be given the option of loans with favourable terms to keep households cash positive through the repayment period. This will help households make more substantial investments and maximise their bill savings.

For more information please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

Public Housing Upgrades

The Public Housing Upgrades program will deliver highly efficient hot water heaters and electric heaters to 1300 Public Housing properties. This will contribute towards increasing the thermal comfort and reducing energy bills of the participating households.

There will be a further 200 properties across a range of public housing to receive Residential Efficiency Scorecard (Scorecard) assessments. The Scorecard assessments will offer an opportunity for households to improve their energy literacy and advise on opportunities to make simple but significant reductions in energy bills.

The Public Housing Upgrades program is part of the Andrews Labor Government's commitment to improving the living conditions for all Victorians.

For more information on the program please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Latrobe Valley

The Latrobe Valley Home Energy Upgrade program will deliver solar installations and energy upgrades to a number of vulnerable households in Latrobe City, Wellington & Baw Baw local government areas during 2017 and 2018.

The Program aims to reduce energy bills for local households, while boosting jobs in the region by engaging local businesses to deliver energy efficiency assessments and upgrades using local products and services.

If you would like to learn more about this program or to register your interest, please visit the Latrobe Valley Authority web page.