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Solar and energy saving tips

Making your home more sustainable can save you money, make your home more comfortable to live in and reduce your environmental impact to benefit future generations.

Australian Energy Foundation

We have partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide residents with simple energy advice you can trust.

The energy advisors at the Australian Energy Foundation can help you work out exactly what you need to do to make your home energy-efficient. 

They can also connect you with reliable suppliers for everything you need to make your home energy-efficient. 

Areas they can help with include:

  • Solar panels and battery storage
  • Insulation and draught proofing
  • LED lighting
  • Hot water heat pumps
  • Reverse cycle air conditioners
  • Home energy assessments
  • Pool pump controllers
  • Window films.

Visit the Australian Energy Foundation website to learn about all the things you can do in your home and get a quote.

You can contact one of their energy advisors on 1300 236 855 or email

Who is the Australian Energy Foundation?

The Australian Energy Foundation is a for purpose organisation, leading the way to an equitable zero carbon society. They accelerate the energy transition by empowering communities to take action. Read more about AEF.

Victorian State Government Solar Homes Package

The Victorian Government has announced a new Solar Homes Package program to help Victorians reduce their power bills. Eligible households can apply for one of the two available rebates:

  • Solar Panel Rebate: Solar panel rebates of up to $1,400 plus the option of an interest-free loan are available for existing homes and homes under construction.
  • Solar Battery rebate: There are 4,500 interest-free loans of up to $8,800 available in 2023-24.
  • Solar Hot Water Rebate: $1,000 rebate on solar hot water systems.

For more information, visit the Solar Victoria website.

Victorian Energy Compare

The Power Saving Bonus provides a $250 claim to all Victorian households. Head to Victorian Energy Compare.


We all have the power to affect change, and while your efforts may seem small in isolation, the collective effect of everyone’s environmental action can have a significant and lasting impact.

Home Energy Assessment Tools (HEAT) Pack

You can now find out how energy-efficient your home is for free, by borrowing a Home Energy Assessment Tools (HEAT) Pack.

The HEAT Pack contains equipment and instructions to help you find ways to save energy and water throughout your home. Learn more about the HEAT Pack by watching this video.

You can borrow the HEAT Pack from Mill Park, Lalor or Thomastown Library.

Practically Green At Home

The guide, produced in partnership with Nillumbik Shire Council, includes topics such as:

  • building design and site considerations 
  • indoor environment quality
  • construction materials and waste
  • fixtures and fittings
  • furniture and finishes
  • heating and cooling, hot water systems and household appliances
  • renewable energy
  • landscaping and gardening design

Factsheets on Energy Efficiency and Indoor Environment Quality

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