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Take advantage of rebate before time runs out

TIME is running out to cash in on the Queensland Government’s Climate Smart Energy Savers Initiative with just over two weeks left to get the rebate for installing new air conditioners and hot water systems.

The program offers cash back of up to $1000 on a range of appliances with energy-efficiency ratings of 4 stars or better.

Queenslanders who make the switch to energy efficient appliances can expect to slash their energy bills by about $102 on average each year, while also reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by about 0.27 tonnes CO2-e.

In total, it’s estimated that on the rebates already approved, it will save around 11,000 tonnes of CO2 in the air – the equivalent of taking an estimated 3,080 cars off the roads.

Minister for Energy and Public Works, Mick de Brenni said the program is focusing on tackling the cost of living by putting cash straight back into the pockets of Queenslanders.

“As we approach the Black Friday Sales, there’s never been a better time to purchase new energy efficient appliances for less, with a low-income earner potentially picking up a fridge for free, or a washing machine for just $50,” he said.

“Not only will the program mean initial savings of hundreds of dollars at the time of purchase, but it also means ongoing savings off household power bills for years to come.

“Only purchases and installations made on or before 4 December will be eligible for the rebate, and households must lodge their application within 30 days of the purchase to ensure they don’t miss out.”

Low-income households have made the most of the rebate, with 56 per cent of the funding going directly to low-income earners, who on average received $580 cash back.

For those still wanting to apply, plug-in appliances such as dryers, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators must be purchased on or before 4 December.

Households will have 30 days from the purchase date to have their appliance delivered, and to lodge their applications.

Hot water systems and air conditioners must be installed by licensed contractors before the closing date and households have 30 days from installation to lodge an application.

Retailers and installers are encouraged to take note of key delivery, installation and application timeframes so customers don’t miss out on their rebates, as appliances must be in homes before applications are lodged.

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