Heating & cooling

Did you know that the cost of heating and cooling your home or business can be a significant part of your energy costs?

For instance, on average, Victorian households can spend about $800 a year or a third of their energy bill on heating.

The Victorian government is committed to helping households and businesses reduce their bills by offering financial incentives for energy efficiency upgrades. The incentives can  be for replacing old appliances or for purchasing new energy-efficient options.

By participating, you can save money on the initial upgrade costs, reduce your energy bill and help the environment.

Victorian Energy Upgrades also offers incentives on draught-proofing which helps reduce energy bills and make buildings more comfortable in hot and cold weather.

Am I eligible to participate?

All Victorian households and businesses that either want to replace an old inefficient heating or cooling system or simply purchase a more efficient one, are eligible to participate.

What discounts are available?

Replacing old heating

You can receive an incentive for the following:

  • replace an old electric central heating system or ducted reverse-cycle heating with a high-efficiency ducted reverse-cycle heating system
  • replace electric central heating with high-efficiency gas ducted heating
  • replace old gas ducted heating with high-efficiency gas ducted heating
  • replace your old gas ductwork with new ductwork

Installing new heating

You can receive an incentive for the following:

  • install a high-efficiency gas/LPG space heater
  • install high-efficiency reverse-cycle heating
  • install a high-efficiency ducted gas heater with a 5-star rating

To compare the hourly cost of operating different heating systems visit our appliance calculator.

Replacing old cooling

You can receive an incentive for the following:

  • replace your existing fixed room refrigerated or ducted refrigerated air conditioner with a ducted evaporative cooler
  • replace an inefficient split system with a high efficiency one

How to participate?

To participate, you need to use the services of an accredited provider which must use Victorian Energy Upgrades-approved products. To be approved, each product must be registered by the administrator of the program, the Essential Services Commission, and meet minimum efficiency, quality and safety benchmarks. These products can be purchased directly from the accredited provider or from a third party. Make sure to ask your accredited provider for more information about how this works.

How to choose an accredited provider?

As with any market, it's worth shopping around and working out the right fit for your needs. Check the table below to find an accredited provider in your area but, when searching, remember to find the best deal by following these tips:

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. 

Ensure the product's suitability

There are a lot of products approved for installation as part of the Victorian Energy Upgrades program. Not all products are of the same quality or suitability for all working environments.

Check the level of incentive

The amount of incentive an accredited provider gives to its customers for participating in Victorian Energy Upgrades can vary.