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Household energy saving upgrades FAQs

About the scheme

What is the Energy Savings Scheme?

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) supports households and businesses across NSW to take action to reduce their energy use and save on their energy bills. This includes discounts for installing or upgrading to a more energy-efficient appliance or product in your home or business.

Who is eligible for the schemes?

Any household located in NSW may be eligible for the schemes. Your ability to access the scheme may depend on whether your location is serviced by an approved supplier and on the potential energy savings of your new appliance or product. For example, if you are replacing an existing air conditioner that is already very efficient, you may not be eligible.  

Your approved supplier will check your eligibility. To receive the discount, you must engage an approved supplier and sign the nomination form before any work commence. You can find a list of approved suppliers who may be operating in your area by selecting the type of equipment you are looking for in the household energy saving upgrades section of our website.

What energy efficient installations or upgrades are covered under the scheme?

For households and small businesses, this includes upgrading your pool pumps, hot water systems, lights. It now extends to installing and operating battery energy storage. For air conditioning systems, you can access a discount if you choose to install an energy efficient air conditioning system for the first time, or if you replace your old air conditioning system with a more energy efficient model. Additional incentives may be available for other appliances. You can check the list on the IPART website.  

Businesses can also upgrade a wide range of equipment like compressed air systems, furnaces, air conditioning, hot water systems, lights, motors, pumps and fans, power systems, process change and control systems, refrigeration and bundled upgrades.  

Is this a rebate?

No, it is not a rebate offer. The Energy Savings Scheme provides discounts for installing or upgrading your equipment for a more energy-efficient model. Only an approved supplier can provide you a discount under the Energy Savings Scheme. This ensures no false installations occur.

How can I access the incentives?

You must contact an approved supplier (also called an Accredited Certificate Provider).  

They will check your eligibility under the Energy Savings Scheme or the Peak Demand Reduction Scheme. They will also discuss the options available and provide you with a quote, showing the discount applied, for the installation and services.

To get the best deal, request quotes from several suppliers operating in your area. You can find a list of approved suppliers who may be operating in your area by selecting the type of equipment you are looking for in the household energy-saving. 

How long are the incentives available for?

The Energy Savings Scheme is expected to operate until 2050.  The offers available through the scheme have no end date, but the type of energy-efficient appliances eligible may vary in the future.

How much can I save?

The amount of money you can save will depend on the model or equipment you choose. This is because different models will have different levels of energy savings. The more energy efficient the model is, the more you will save on your energy bills in the long term.  

Different suppliers can provide different models and equipment. Installation costs may also vary if additional work is needed to support the installation. It is a good idea to request quotes from more than one supplier to ensure you are getting the best deal. For example, if you change 20 halogen downlights to LED downlights, you can save up to $210 a year on energy costs.