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Household energy saving upgrades

Part of the Energy Security Safeguard

You can access a number of energy savings to help you reduce your household energy use and cut your power bills. This includes upgrading existing appliances and energy equipment throughout your home to more energy efficient models. This is also a great way to lower your environmental footprint.

These incentives are part of the Energy Savings Scheme and the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme, under the Energy Security Safeguard. By using energy efficient appliances and equipment in your home, you can help us to improve the affordability, reliability, accessibility and sustainability of our energy system in NSW.

Available upgrades

Switch to LED lighting and save money.

Change your air conditioner to cut your energy costs.

Invest in a new hot water system to reduce your energy bills.

Find out more about replacing your pool pump to save you money.

How the upgrade works

The upgrades are provided by approved suppliers throughout NSW. These are also known as Accredited Certificate Providers (ACP). You may have already been contacted by one of these companies through a flyer, email or letter. You do not have to use that supplier. We encourage you to request quotes from different suppliers to ensure you are getting the best deal.

When you contact an approved supplier, they will confirm whether they operate in your location. Suppliers listed in a region may not serve the whole region, so it’s best to check with them first.

You should engage an approved supplier before any work begins. Your supplier or ACP will provide you with the ACP nomination form. You must sign the nomination form before the installation is complete. You cannot be reimbursed for works that are already completed.

Your supplier will also be able to assess your eligibility. Once you have chosen a supplier, they will assess your needs either by phone or by visiting your home and giving you a quote. Your supplier will assess your eligibility and must complete a site assessment report to comply with the rules.

If you choose to proceed, there may be a co-payment depending on the equipment upgrade and model chosen. You can either:

  • work with tradespeople proposed by the approved supplier
  • work with your own preferred tradespeople if they make an agreement with the approved supplier.

The old equipment will need to be disposed of and recycled by the electrician or plumber. This is to ensure that old, inefficient equipment is not used anywhere else. 

What to expect

We expect all suppliers to follow certain standards when engaging with you. You should expect that suppliers will:

  • identify themselves to you
  • explain the process to you including any forms or requirements
  • provide details of the new appliance or equipment
  • demonstrate how to use the new appliance or equipment
  • provide assistance for a set period of time after the installation
  • remove any old equipment which is being replaced.

With any contractor work undertaken in your home, you should consider a number of factors before deciding who to work with. Make sure you:

  • check the installer’s credentials, including their trade licence
  • confirm which supplier they are working with/subcontracted by
  • check the equipment upgrade they wish to install will meet your needs
  • understand your commitments for the upgrade
  • check any paperwork that needs to be completed, or ask for assistance if you are unsure
  • understand that the replaced equipment must be disposed of appropriately by the installer or supplier.

Importantly, you should be aware of your rights under Australian Consumer Law. You receive consumer guarantees from any business or company you engage with. You can ask the supplier for more details about the guarantees they are providing you.