The government has launched some great scheme, from energy saving to sustainable plumbing. Politicians change all the time, so it is a good idea to make sure what is offered to the public so you can avail of some potential savings and rewards.
Save money (and the world) by taking note of the pointers and resources below:
Know the Rebates
Rebates are one major way that the government offer incentives for sustainable practices. Generally, when you buy a solar hot water system or other eco-friendly piece of equipment you can get a government discount in the form of a money back, or continuing repayments via a scheme.
The schemes are still new, so it would be smart for you to do research. Be informed, Government make changes regularly so rebates change too.
Sometimes there will be a federal and state government rebate initiative for the same thing, but you are only allowed to avail one or the other.
Take this advice: If you are offered a generous rebate, grab it, as it will stop or decline. With long-term payback plans that rely on rebates over more than one year, don’t forget that these plans do not offer a lifetime guarantee and could change.
Incentives are being offered not just by the state and federal governments. There are assistance programs that are also being offered by many local councils. Don’t expect the incentives to be either rebate or payback based. There are also free waste clean-ups, discounted products on selected stores, free workshops, and more.
The type of incentive differs from region to region, determined by the region’s priorities. Watch out for rebates on rainwater tanks, composting and worm farming plans, e-waste recycling, and aid in cultivating native trees, reuse of grey water, and beekeeping as well.
There are two excellent resources you can use to find rebates and other incentives in the area where you live:
My Green Life: This website, operated by The Natural Strategies Group, provides all the incentive schemes by state as well as the link to each of the schemes where you can get more information.
Savewater: In this website, the Savewater Alliance has compiled tips for saving water and advice on rebates and incentives for different water schemes, including utilising rainwater tanks, building grey water systems, and purchasing water efficient features.
Be Kind to the Planet, Be Kind to your Wallet
Greening your home efficiently will require a little bit of research and a few right phone calls. Combine incentives like rebates and buy-backs with the money you saved from your electricity and water bills and you’ll start to marvel how you have ever managed without going green!
If you can’t decide among various options or undertaking major renovation, remember to contact your local enviro-plumber for help. Certified enviro-plumber typically knows the latest offerings, so they can suggest more sustainable solutions to you.