Solar Victoria Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program
The Victorian Government (Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program (HHCU)) have advised they will no longer receive applications after Friday, 30 December 2022.
Solar Victoria have created a program called the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program which they say will help low-income and vulnerable households improve thermal comfort by offering rebates to upgrade gas heaters, fixed electric heaters, wood heaters and homes with no heating with energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners.
The website is here for more information -> https://www.heatingupgrades.vic.gov.au/
These upgrades will improve the quality of life for eligible householders, provide jobs for trades people, produce broader environmental benefits by reducing gas emissions and improving local air quality, and pave the way for the electrification of Victorian households as the state transitions to a renewable energy future.
Under the program, eligible households can receive:
- $1,000 towards the cost of an energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner,
- $200 towards the cost of decommissioning an outdated gas heater (if an existing gas heater is being replaced), and
- $500 towards the cost of upgrading a switchboard (if an upgrade is required to install the rebated reverse-cycle air conditioner).
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for this program households must:
- replace an existing gas space heater, Fixed Electric Heater or reverse-cycle air-conditioner that is older than 7 years, gas ducted heater, wood heater or no heating situated in the main living area of the home with an energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioner,
- install a reverse-cycle air conditioner from the Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program approved products list by an approved Home Heating and Cooling Program Supplier,
- be an owner-occupier household with an approved concession card, or with a combined household income of less than $90,000.
As part of the program, decommissioning is required for gas space heaters, Fixed Electric Heaters and reverse-cycle air-conditioners older than 7 years.
If you have more than one type of heating installed in the main living area, you must upgrade and decommission (if required) the heating system highest in the list below:
- a gas space heater,
- a Fixed Electric Heater,
- a reverse-cycle air conditioner older than 7 years,
- wood heater,
- gas ducted heater servicing main living area
For example, if you have a gas space heater and a Fixed Electric Heater, the gas space heater must be selected as the type of heating being upgraded and decommissioned.
Wood heaters and gas ducted heaters do not require decommissioning.
Please note that a Fixed Electric Heater means a room heater that is installed, mounted or built-in or may be hard-wired via power supply to the electricity circuit of the home, but is not portable or designed to be readily moved and is not a reverse cycle air conditioner.
How to apply?
- Apply for a home heating and cooling rebate via Service Victoria website here
- Once you are approved (can take at least 5 business days) - you will receive an email from Solar Victoria with your rebate token number.
- Please advise our rebate token number and we can create your quote