Helping Low-Income Households Stay Comfy And Save Money

The Victorian Government will help thousands of low-income Victorians upgrade their inefficient heating and cooling systems – improving the comfort of their homes, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and saving households up to $300 per year on their energy bills.

Sunday, 1 August 2021 at 1:35 am
A man sitting on a yellow armchair with a yellow background, beneath a split system heater and cooler

Minister for Solar Homes Lily D’Ambrosio today announced Solar Victoria will begin providing $1,000 rebates to support all eligible low-income households to replace their old heaters with energy-efficient reverse-cycle systems that can warm their home in winter and cool it in summer.

An additional $200 rebate is available to cap old gas heaters, and households can get $500 to upgrade their electrical switchboard.

From today, owner-occupier households with an approved concession card or a combined household income of less than $90,000 will be able to select an approved product and apply for a rebate through the program website.

It’s the next step in the Victorian Government’s $335 million Home Heating and Cooling Upgrade program, supporting 250,000 low-income and vulnerable Victorian households to upgrade their home energy systems. The program opened to community housing organisations in May.

By replacing outdated, unsafe or inefficient electric, gas and wood-fired heaters, the Victorian Government is improving cost of living and liveability across the state, while building climate resilience.

The Home Heating and Cooling Upgrades Program has been developed in close partnership with organisations including the Community Housing Industry Association, Victorian Council of Social Services, St Vincent de Paul, Uniting Church and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

More information, including instructions on how to apply is available at