Environment Victoria has warned Victorians wanting to install solar hot water that they have weeks to act before the State Government abolishes the solar hot water rebate on 31 May 2013.
Around 38,000 Victorians have taken advantage of the rebates since 2000, with over 5 per cent of Victorian homes now benefiting from solar hot water heating.
Environment Victoria’s Charlie Davie said today:
“It’s disappointing that the State Government is reducing support for solar hot water given that it is generally the most environmentally friendly form of water heating, and also helps households deal with rising electricity and gas costs.
“The Coalition Government made a significant election promise to improve the energy efficiency of Victorian homes, yet with this decision to axe the solar hot water rebate they are making energy efficiency more expensive for Victorians.
“Water heating is the second largest use of energy for the average Victorian household (after heating), so upgrading to an efficient hot water system can be a major money and energy saver.”
Householders looking to purchase a replacement gas or solar hot water system need to get quotes and confirm an order before 31 May to be eligible for the current rebates.
The rebates available range from $300 to $1,500 depending on the size and efficiency of the new system.
Mr Davie concluded: “I’d advise anyone who’s thinking of installing solar hot water to get in quick and organise their quotes before the rebate disappears on 31 May.”
Charlie Davie: 0425 786 191
For more information on solar hot water rebates visit: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/www/html/3436-solar-hot-water-rebate.asp