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3 April 2009
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Sales of solar hot water systems have soared since the Australian Government boosted its solar hot water rebate to $1,600 in February this year as part of the Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan.
Touring a Sydney hot water retail outlet today, Environment Minister Peter Garrett said more than 6,000 Australians have already applied for the $1,600 rebate under the $3.9 billion Energy Efficient Homes Package.
“Today we’re seeing the Australian Government’s Economic Stimulus Plan in action,” Mr Garrett said.
“The numbers show this rebate is doing its job – creating work for local tradies, driving demand for energy efficient technology and helping people save on their energy bills.
“Employment gets a boost every time someone goes solar with their hot water system, and our $1,600 rebate makes that a great choice.
“Solar hot water can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your power bills and help you cut down your impact on climate change – it makes all kinds of sense.”
The solar hot water rebate helps people replace their old electric storage hot water system with a solar or heat pump system. They can send their receipts in for a $1,600 rebate, on top of the money they get for renewable energy certificates and existing state rebates.
Electric hot water heaters are one of the biggest energy users in a family home and around half of the homes in the country have them. Replacing an electric hot water heater with a solar unit can save a family up to 40 per cent on their power bill – up to $700 a year.
Mr Garrett said the Government aims to deliver more than 300,000 solar hot water rebates over the next three years.
“This rebate is great news for households, businesses and the environment – it will help us weather the economic downturn and make our way to a low carbon future,” Mr Garrett said.
For more information and copies of the solar hot water rebate guidelines, visit www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency or call the free hotline on 1800 808 571.