In October 2017 the Queensland Government announced a number of new rewards and rebates aimed at reducing electricity bills and increasing the uptake of more energy efficient appliances as part of the Affordable Energy Plan.
You can find more details on how to register interest and apply for the rebates on the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy website.
$50 rebate off household bills in 2018 and 2019
All Queensland households will receive $50 off their electricity bills in 2018 and 2019. This will happen automatically from March 2018 and you do not need to do apply for the rebate. More details can be found at this link.
Rebates for energy efficient appliances
To help Queensland households improve their energy efficiency and lower energy usage the government is offering rebates on approved energy efficient appliances.
Rebates will apply to purchases on or after 1 January 2018 (so keep you receipts as proof of purchase) of the following household appliances:
- $200 for a 4 star or higher energy rated washing machine
- $250 for a 4 star or higher energy rated refrigerator
- $300 for a 4 star or higher energy rated air conditioner.
The rebate is limited to one rebate application per household. Funding is limited and rebates will be provided for as long as funding is available.
Applications are now open on the following webpage.
To be eligible for the rebate, you need to submit a fully complete application within 30 days from the date of purchase. If you purchased your appliance prior to applications opening, you will need to lodge a fully complete application by 20 March 2018.
Assistance to help purchase these appliances is available via the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS). Find your nearest NILS provider at this site.
Rooftop solar and battery systems: No interest loans and rebates for households and small businesses
No interest loans will be available to enable households and small businesses, including community organisations, to install rooftop solar and battery systems.
A rebate of $1,300 to $2,000 will also be available on battery systems.
Find out more on the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy website.
Regional Queensland (Ergon Energy distribution area) reward of $75
In addition to the $50 bill rebate, a second reward is available only in regional Queensland (Ergon Energy distribution area).
The Easy Pay Reward is a rebate for regional households ($75) and small businesses ($120) that register for direct debit and monthly eBilling.
To qualify for the reward you'll need to:
- Be the financially responsible account holder of a residential Ergon Energy Retail account
- Have a zero or credit balance on your account
- Have your current bill issued within the last 30 days
- Set up agreements on your account for:
- SmoothPay, and
- Direct Debit or Centrepay, and
- Maintain your agreements for all three of these services on your account with no missed payments or email delivery failures.
If you apply before 30 June 2018, and meet the criteria you will receive the reward in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
You can sign up for this reward via the Ergon website.
QCOSS will continue to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Energy Plan and provide updates.