Victorian Energy Upgrades can help you save money on upgrade costs, reduce your energy bills and help the environment.

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 Victorian Government is committed to helping Victorian households and businesses reduce their energy costs. We are helping you receive rebates or discounts through businesses accredited under the program (Accredited Providers) for replacing old heating and cooling systems with more energy efficient systems, or simply purchasing new energy-efficient systems.

What opportunities are available and how much rebate can you expect?

Current system

To be installed

Upgrade system size

Indicative rebate*

Inefficient ducted gas heater

Efficient ducted gas heater

Small

$540

Medium

$660

Large

$780

Central electric heater

Small

$4,140

Medium

$5,220

Large

$6,600

None

Small

$240

Medium

$240

Large

$300

*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $60 and the average efficiency of products improved under the program. The final price could be higher or lower. Final price will depend on several factors including certificate price, type and size of upgrade, location, installation costs and administrative costs by Accredited Provider.

Current system

To be installed

Upgrade system size

Indicative rebate*

Inefficient ducted air-conditioner (air to air heat pump)

Efficient ducted reverse cycle air-conditioner (air to air heat pump)

Small

$120

Medium

$180

Large

$300

Central electric heater

Small

$3,060

Medium

$3,780

Large

$5,040

None

Small

$60

Medium

$60

Large

$120

*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $60 and the average efficiency of products improved under the program. The final price could be higher or lower. Final price will depend on several factors including certificate price, type and size of upgrade, location, installation costs and administrative costs by Accredited Provider.

Current system

To be installed

Upgrade system size

Indicative rebate*

Hard-wired electric room heater

Efficient gas room heater

Small

$720

Medium

$1,320

Large

$1,680

Inefficient gas room heater

Small

$60

Medium

$60

Large

$120

Plug in electric heater or wood fired room heater

All sizes

$540

*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $60 and the average efficiency of products improved under the program. The final price could be higher or lower. Final price will depend on several factors including certificate price, type and size of upgrade, location, installation costs and administrative costs by Accredited Provider.

Current system

To be installed

Upgrade system size

Indicative rebate*

Hard-wired electric room heater

Efficient reverse cycle air-conditioner (air to air heat pump)

Small

$540

Medium

$1,020

Large

$1,380

Room air-conditioner (air to air heat pump) or other room heater

Small

N/A

Medium

N/A

Large

$60

Plug in electric heater or wood fired heater

All sizes

$420

Refrigerative air conditioner (non-ducted) and a hard-wired electric room heater

Small

$660

Medium

$1,260

Large

$1,620

Refrigerative air conditioner (non-ducted) and a plug in electric room heater

All sizes

$540

Refrigerative air conditioner (non-ducted) and a gas room heater

Small

$120

Medium

$180

Large

$240

*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $60 and the average efficiency of products improved under the program. The final price could be higher or lower. Final price will depend on several factors including certificate price, type and size of upgrade, location, installation costs and administrative costs by Accredited Provider.

Current system

To be installed

System size

Indicative rebate*

Refrigerative air conditioner (ducted or non-ducted)

Efficient ducted evaporative cooler

N/A - no products currently approved

Ductwork that is connected to a ducted gas heater

Efficient flexible or rigid ductwork

Small

$480

Medium

$660

Large

$780

*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $60 and the average efficiency of products improved under the program. The final price could be higher or lower. Final price will depend on several factors including certificate price, type and size of upgrade, location, installation costs and administrative costs by Accredited Provider.

How to get involved

To participate, you must use an Accredited Provider or a tradesperson, such as a plumber or an electrician, that has a relationship with an Accredited Provider so that you can access the rebate.

Depending on your situation, there are 3 different ways of participating:

  • Requesting that your local tradesperson facilitate the rebate by working with an Accredited Provider;
  • Working directly with an Accredited Provider and assessing how to participate by using your own local tradesperson; or
  • Working directly with an Accredited Provider and accessing their own list of tradespeople (if they have any available).

Ultimately, the Accredited Provider is the one responsible for helping you obtain a discount or rebate for the upgrade. The Accredited Provider will be able to explain how to participate, including what sort of products are eligible to be installed, the qualifications of the installer, and what documentation needs to be completed by yourself and the installer.

Tips for participating

As with any market, it's worth shopping around and working out the right fit for your needs. Follow these tips when participating:

Check out Accredited Providers

There is a range of businesses accredited under the Victorian Energy Upgrades program offering different types of products, services, expertise and costs.

To check if a person or business is an accredited provider go to the Essential Services Commission’s VEU Registry of Accredited Persons and:

  • click on the 'Business Name' drop-down menu
  • scroll until you see the accredited provider you are searching for.

Ensure the product's suitability

Depending on the type of upgrade product you install, it either has to be an approved product under the program, or if the product is subject to minimum energy efficiency standards then it has to be on the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards register and meet certain minimum energy efficiency requirements. However, be sure to do your own research before proceeding as there can be many approved products and not all products are of the same quality or suitability for all working environments. Make sure to talk to an Accredited Provider about what type of product can be installed.

Check the level of rebate

The amount of rebate an Accredited Provider gives to its customers for participating in Victorian Energy Upgrades can vary.

Find accredited providers in your area