Many Victorian homes have windows, doors and vents that do not seal tightly, allowing hot or cool air to escape.

Installing weather sealing products prevents air escaping and keeps the temperature of your home easier to control, requiring less energy use to keep you comfortable.

Eligibility

All Victorian households that want to seal their household windows, doors, chimneys and vents are eligible to participate.

Your participation is voluntary.

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

  • Door sealing
  • Window sealing
  • Replacement or modification of ceiling or wall fan
  • Sealing an unsealed wall vent
  • Temporary chimney sealing
  • Permanent chimney sealing
  • Evaporative cooler vent sealing

Type of home

Example of upgrade opportunities

Indicative rebates*

Upgrades with 2-year minimum warranty

Upgrades with 5-year minimum warranty

Apartment

1 external door, 1 exhaust fan and 4 ceiling outlets

$60

$120

Townhouse

2 external doors, 2 exhaust fans, 8 ceiling outlets and 1 chimney

$300

$540

House

4 external doors, 3 exhaust fans, 12 ceiling outlets, 1 chimney

$360

$660

*Discount or rebate will vary – these figures are based on a certificate price of $60 and potential upgrade scenarios 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 work with a business approved to deliver, or facilitate upgrades under the program. These businesses are known as Accredited Providers.

Contact an Accredited Provider to find out more information on how to participate.

Please note, Accredited Providers can operate freely like any other business and therefore choose what upgrades they deliver. As a result, some Accredited Providers may not currently be undertaking this activity or may only be operating in certain locations. We recommend you contact the Accredited Providers listed to find out more. Some keep waiting lists for activities and may contact you if circumstances change.

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

To participate, you must install an approved product, so 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.

Search the Essential Services Commission’s register of products for approved products.

Check the level of rebate

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

Households with gas heating

The burning of gas can release dangerous gases and requires a supply of fresh air to operate safely.

Some gas heaters (flueless gas heaters, gas heaters installed in chimneys and open flued gas heaters) draw this fresh air from the room and therefore need ventilation.  For more information on ventilation for gas heaters see the Energy Safe Victoria website: http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/news/program-in-place-to-address-co-risk-in-heritage-gas-heaters/

Installing weather sealing products in houses with these types of gas heaters may not be recommended. Your accredited provider can advise you on if your home is suitable for weather sealing.

For all households with gas heating, it is recommended you get your gas heater serviced at least every two years to ensure it is operating safely.

Find accredited providers in your area