Swap solar power aid for white goods

HOUSEHOLDS struggling with the cost of living are being urged to consider swapping their energy rebate for solar panels or energy efficient whitegoods and home upgrades valued at up to $4,000.

Treasurer and Minister for Energy, Matt Kean (pictured), visited the Good Guys in Auburn last week to announce the opening of applications for the State Government’s Energy Bill Buster program and urged residents to apply for the incentives to cut their bills.
The NSW Budget included $128 million to help up to an initial 30,000 eligible households install solar or replace appliances with more energy efficient ones.
Mr Kean said the program provided eligible households with more choice on how they managed their energy bills.
“It’s all about taking the pressure off families and putting more money back into household budgets,” he said.
“You can switch to solar or upgrade your home fittings and appliances, which are tried and tested ways to cut your energy bills year after year.
“This program enables households to make decisions that will deliver long term savings on their energy bills while making clean energy improvements to their homes.”
Those who can’t have solar installed, including people renting or living in apartments, may be eligible to swap their annual rebate for a suite of energy efficient upgrades of fridges, dryers, air-conditioners and hot water systems as well as window shading and draught sealing valued at up to $4,000.
Households can check their eligibility at