Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Householders

Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Householders

Householders and small businesses may be able to benefit from a range of energy efficiency upgrades in their homes, such as replacing downlights with LEDs. This is called the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits (HEER) method.

Residential and small business upgrades are performed by businesses that are accredited under the HEER method and they may be able to provide discounted energy savings services or products to residential and small business customers.

Householders may also achieve energy savings by purchasing energy efficient appliances The Sale of New Appliances (SONA) method provides appliance retailers an incentive to sell higher efficiency appliances to consumers who benefit from the ongoing electricity savings. The types of appliances include:

  • Clothes washing machines
  • Clothes dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • 1-door refrigerators
  • 2-door refrigerators
  • Chest freezer or upright freezers
  • Televisions.

How you can participate

If you are interested in an energy efficiency upgrade for your home or purchasing an energy efficient appliance, you should contact the businesses that provide these services. Businesses accredited under the ESS are referred to as Accredited Certificate Providers, or ACPs. A list of all ACPs under the ESS is available on the List of ACPs page.

Businesses that are accredited for residential and small business activities may be able to assist you with an energy efficiency upgrade of your home or offer energy efficient appliances.

If you have any concerns about people offering you services, or believe they have not acted fairly, you may wish to contact NSW Fair Trading.

The NSW Government has also launched a lighting upgrade offer for households.

The purpose of the offer is to help eligible households replace old lights with new LED lights. The cost of the LED lights and the fee for installation is subsidised. Currently, the offer targets the replacement of halogen downlights with LED downlights.

The energy efficient lighting upgrades are part of the NSW Government energy affordability package. The purpose of the package is to help households and small businesses save energy and money.

How will this help my household?

Switching to LEDs will help you reduce your energy consumption. This means you can expect to see long-term cost savings on your bills.

For example, if you change 20 halogen downlights to LED downlights, you can save up to $210 a year on energy costs.

Other benefits include reduced maintenance because LEDs last longer than other lights. They will also lower your environmental impact.

Check if your home is eligible

To access the offer, you will need to contact an approved supplier. Currently, you also need to have halogen downlights. Suppliers require a minimum number of lights to be upgraded to qualify for the discount.

Get the upgrade

Your supplier will send a licensed electrician to install the new lights.

Old light globes, or any other equipment that is removed or replaced, must be recycled, or disposed of by the supplier. This is to ensure that old, inefficient equipment is not used anywhere else.

Make your home more energy efficient today

Access the discounted lighting offer now. Get started by finding an approved supplier who is active in your area.

If you have questions, contact an approved supplier directly.

Current approved suppliers for this program are Aussie Greenmarks, Accredited Power Saver, Ecovantage and Green Home Green Planet.

If your supplier can’t answer your questions, contact