The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program

State Government rebates of $1,000, which will be used to replace old heaters with energy-efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners in homes managed by community housing organisations, means Victoria’s most vulnerable residents can look forward to being warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program is now open for community housing organisations to apply for rebates for their residents.

This program forms part of the Government’s $335 million investment over four years to provide efficient, lower-cost heating and cooling for 250,000 low-income and vulnerable Victorian households.

More widely, any owner-occupied household with a concession card, or with a combined household income of less than $90,000 can apply for their $1,000 rebate directly from Solar Homes Victoria, from July this year.

As well as the rebate to install efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners, an additional $200 is available to cap old gas heaters to ensure they are safe when they are no longer being used, and $500 for households that need to upgrade their outdated electrical switchboard, so that this can work safely with these new appliances.

Under the program, outdated, unsafe or inefficient electric, gas and wood-fired heaters will be replaced with energy-efficient systems that provide heating and cooling.

By replacing inefficient heating, participating community housing organisations are expected to save their tenants up to $680 a year on energy bills while delivering major emissions reductions and contributing to Victoria’s transition to a renewable energy future.

The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program is a key initiative developed in consultation with organisations including CHIA Vic, VCOSS, St Vincent de Paul, Uniting Church and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

The rebates are open to eligible community housing providers now. More information including eligibility criteria and the Approved Product List can be found at www.heatingupgrades.vic.gov.au.

For community housing organisation that wish to take a more strategic approach to their heating and energy efficiency upgrades, BOOMPower is offering a time-limited starter pack, which will support members to:

  • Analyse existing property data to assist with identification of heating systems for replacement;
  • Assist CHOs to select the appropriate products from Solar Victoria’s Approved Product List, take advantage of the Demand Response capabilities specified, and maximise the opportunities for switchboard and electrical upgrades through the program;
  • Manage supply-chain and facilitate procurement with other CHOs to drive down costs; and
  • Provide reporting and ongoing asset management insights.

For more information about the starter pack or how to work with BOOMPower contact Alex Houlston alex@boompower.com.au