Home and business energy incentives
For: Home owner, Renter, Business
Type: Apartment, HouseEssential Services Commission of South Australia website. Your Energy Savings does not look after this program.
The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme can help eligible South Australian households and small businesses with a range of special offers and incentives to save energy. These are available from energy retailers and their contractors.
Some products for households, such as installing draught proofing strips and more efficient lighting and showerheads, maybe offered at a very low cost or for free. Some energy retailers may also offer rebates for installing insulation, more efficient hot water systems and upgrades to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
Small businesses are also eligible for specific products such as energy-efficient lighting and water-efficient showerheads.
Low-income households may also be eligible for a free energy audit to help identify changes that can be made to save energy and reduce energy bills.
All South Australian households and small businesses may be eligible for a range of rebates, special offers and incentives.
Some South Australian residents could be eligible for the free energy audit if you fit into one of the following concession or low income groups:
- Have a current South Australian Energy Concession on your energy bills;
- Be participating in an energy retailer's hardship program;
- Hold a current Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card;
- Hold a current Commonwealth Health Care Card (including Low Income Health Care Card);
Hold one of three current Department of Veterans' Affairs concession cards:
- Total and Permanent Incapacity Gold Repatriation Health Card;
- War Widows Gold Repatriation Health Card;
- Gold Repatriation Health Card (EDA).
Homeowners, renters and small businesses are eligible for the program. If you're renting, you'll need your landlord's permission before installing some of the energy-saving products.
A number of other conditions apply. Check your eligibility on the Essential Services Commission of South Australia website.
The incentives offered are different for each of the participating energy retailers and could include assistance for:
- replacing or upgrading your hot water system
- upgrading to a more efficient heating and cooling system
- installing insulation or toping up ceiling insulation
- insulating external walls
- insulating floors
- draught proofing gaps around windows and doors
- sealing chimneys and fireplaces, exhaust fans, wall vents
- replacing inefficient windows with thermally efficient ones
- retrofitting secondary window glazing
- purchasing energy-efficient appliances including fridges and freezers, clothes dryers, TVs and pool pumps
- removing and recycling second fridges and freezers
- switching to more energy-efficient lighting
- installing water and energy-efficient showerheads
- installing standby power controllers
- energy audits for low income households.
You don't have to take up the offer through your current energy retailer. There are a range of retailers participating in the scheme, so contact them and see what energy-saving incentives they are offering. The participating energy retailers are available on the Essential Services Commission of South Australia website.
It’s important to note that the REES is not a government rebate scheme. Incentives are provided by participating energy retailers, not the government. More information is available on the South Australian Government website.
You might be able to save even more with the Australian Government's Small-scale technology certificates (STCs).
Make sure that you understand the full program information before contacting an energy retailer.
You can also phone the Essential Services Commission of South Australian for more information on 1800 633 592 (mobile phones and South Australian residents only) or (08) 8463 4444.
Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme