Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program

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A man sitting on a yellow armchair with a yellow background, beneath a split system heater and cooler
A man sitting on a yellow armchair with a yellow background, beneath a split system heater and cooler

Helping vulnerable Victorians stay warm and keep cool, for less.

The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program will increase the comfort, wellbeing and health of vulnerable Victorians while also creating new jobs and tackling climate change.  

Over the next four years the Victorian Government will invest $335 million to provide energy efficient heating and cooling for 250,000 low income and vulnerable households by reducing the upfront cost of purchasing energy efficient reverse cycle split systems.   

Reverse cycle split systems are energy efficient and provide households with thermal comfort throughout the year by keeping homes warm in winter and cool in summer.  

The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program will be delivered through a base rebate of $1,000 provided towards the cost of purchasing and installing a high-efficiency heating and cooling system with a limit of one rebate per household.  Households can receive an additional $200 if they need to cap their old gas heater or $500 for households who need to upgrade their switchboard.  

The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program is looking at the best ways to deliver heating and cooling upgrades to low-income and vulnerable households. Currently eligible community housing organisations can apply for rebates on behalf of their tenants. Individual households will also be able to apply for a rebate in the coming months.  

The program is being delivered by Solar Victoria, a portfolio entity within the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning. Solar Victoria is also responsible for the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Solar Homes and Solar for Business Programs - the most ambitious and transformative renewable energy programs in Australia. 

Reviewed 06 May 2021

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