NSW air conditioning rebate makes energy efficiency accessible and achievable

by Helena Morgan
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The rebate program is the newest initiative under the New South Wales Energy Saving Scheme (ESS) that aims to reduce energy consumption and slash carbon emissions.

The ESS Air Conditioning Rebate will assist households and businesses in their pursuit towards environmental responsibility and lower energy costs by upgrading to energy-efficient air conditioning. 

ESS continuing streak of meeting targets

Since its launch 15 years ago, the ESS has significantly reduced energy consumption and costs. The scheme outlines specific targets for electricity providers to aspire towards and endorses initiatives that prompt businesses and consumers to adopt environmentally mindful practices, such as the Air Conditioning Rebate. 

Many are hoping that with the ESS energy savings target aiming to increase to 13 percent in 2030, emissions could be reduced by 70 percent in 2035, and subsequently reach net zero by 2050. 

The scheme prides itself on facilitating the awarding of Energy Savings Certificates (ESC) – energy providers allocate ESCs to users who make impressive reduction rates in electricity or gas use via upgrades. The certificates are sold to electricity providers and the certificate costs are deducted from equipment costs in the form of rebates. 

Ongoing rewards of rebates 

The ESS rebates decrease the costs of a range of energy-efficient purchases, such as air conditioning, hot water, lighting and refrigeration systems. 

These reduced costs allow for long-term reductions in energy use to both bolster NSW’s environmental objectives and help businesses and consumers save money on energy bills. Program participants have the chance to embrace up to a 50 percent discount on cooling costs. 

Air conditioning rebate program 

Owners of residences and small businesses in NSW can receive as much as $1000 back in rebates if they swap an old air conditioning unit for a high-efficiency model that adheres to current Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Energy Star ratings. The rebate is up for grabs on a first-come and first-serve basis.

Those interested can apply through the NSW Department of Energy and learn about the approved air conditioners, accredited suppliers and registered installers.

Applicants are also required to enlist the services of qualified installers who are registered with the NSW Department of Energy. A minimum payment covering the cost of the new air conditioning equipment and its installation is required – costs range as owed to the model, property design and installation services.

Consumers will not only experience satisfaction derived from achieving sustainability targets via the rebate yet more consistent cooling and enhanced property value, as installing new technology can increase the desirability of a household or small business. 

Ensuring the rebate is accessible and inclusive 

As the NSW government is cautious of the rebate deterring low-income households from participating, financial assistance is available to eligible low-income homeowners to subsidise purchasing and installation costs.

Consumers unsure of eligibility status are encouraged to investigate requirements and receive a quote by contacting an accredited provider or completing an eligibility form via the Efficient Energy group website.

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