Queenslanders to pocket cash for being energy efficient

Queenslanders will be eligible for rebates of up to $300 on energy efficient appliances to save on their electricity bills.

People who have bought new energy efficient fridges, air conditioners and washing machines since January 1, and have registered for the rebate, have 30 days from tomorrow to get applications in.

State Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said first rebates should be flowing back into the first applicants’ bank accounts by the end of February.

“If you haven’t bought one already, I’d encourage householders to consider buying appliances with at least a four-star energy rating,” he said.

“It’s is one of the best ways to save on your electricity bill, and that’s why this rebate is part of our $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan to help make Queenslanders’ power bills more affordable.”

Energy Efficiency Council chief executive officer Luke Menzel said big appliances humming away in the background were often massive energy hogs, and new models with a high star-rating could be much cheaper to run.

“Upgrading to a new, more efficient fridge or air conditioner can be one of the easiest ways of cutting your energy bill,” he said.

“It’s great news the Palaszczuk Government is helping Queenslanders upgrade their appliances so families can lock in those savings as quickly as possible.”

Member for Mount Ommaney Jess Pugh said families in her local area could save up to $700 per year simply by replacing a 30-year-old fridge.

“My message to my constituents is to look hard at this offer – especially after the week we’ve had with the air-cons blazing,” she said.

The rebates apply to new, eligible four-star or higher appliances purchased from January 1, 2018: $200 for washing machines; $250 for fridges and $300 for air conditioners. Rebates are limited to one per household.

The rebates are part of the government’s $2 billion Affordable Energy Plan to help Queenslanders save on their power bills.