How to get yourself a government-funded hot water system

by Chris Lang on August 7, 2009

Solar hot water system installed on roofRemember we discussed free ceiling insulation just 2 posts ago? Even if you’re not thrilled with the idea of having your house turned upside down to get that insulation installed, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on free energy savings.

There’s another rebate you can claim – $1600 on a solar hot water system. This rebate works a little bit differently and you do pay up front the costs of the system, but then after you’ve submitted your rebate application in 8 weeks maximum your money is back in your account.

Why should you bother?

It saves you money. A lot of it. If you’ve got an electrical water heater, around 28% of your energy bills goes to water heating. Once you’ve got a solar hot water system, you will be saving those 28% or up to $700 every year.

Also imagine your old hot water system is about to die – they do have a life span of around 20 years. So if you’re living in a house that was built in the 70s or the 80s and your water heater hasn’t been replaced yet, well, you know what that means. Why not act early and get an (almost) free new one?

Who can claim their money back?

Anybody who didn’t do so already for ceiling insulation, people aged 18 and up, landlords or tenants, who replaced their electric storage hot water system, after 3 February 2009. See full eligibility requirements here.

How to go about it?

1. Download and read the rebate application form and guidelines – to make sure you’re eligible.

2. Decide on a hot water system – shop around and once you’ve found the system you want to install, check that it is on the list of approved ones.

3. Get a quotation for an installation. Better yet, get 3 of them and choose the best one. Make sure that the person is a licensed electrician or plumber and that they have no problem completing a section of your application form that requires their signature.

4. Go ahead and have the system installed. Then within 6 months of installation submit your application form and a copy of receipt.

That’s it! In 8 weeks time your money will be back where it belongs – in your account 🙂

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