expired QLD - Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate (up to $300) for 4 Star Energy Rated Washing Machines, Refrigerators & Air Conditioners

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Update 24/05/18: The energy efficient appliance rebate scheme is closing.

  • Applications are restricted to eligible 4 star or higher energy efficient appliances purchased from 1 January 2018 to midnight 3 June 2018.

  • The online application form must be submitted within 30 days of the date of purchase.

  • Applications will close at midnight on 3 July 2018


QLD Government Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate

QLD Residents Only.

Edit: Applications are now open - Click Here to Apply

To be eligible for the rebate, you need to submit a fully complete application within 30 days from the date of purchase. If you purchased your appliance prior to applications opening, you will need to lodge a fully complete application by 20 March 2018.

To complete your application you will need to provide:

• your Electricity National Metering Identifier Account Number, located on your household electricity bill
• your name, address, email and telephone number
• the eligible appliance make and model (this may be located on your receipt/tax invoice or on your appliance user manual)
• your bank account BSB and account number (for us to transfer the rebate into if your application is approved)
• a copy of your Tax Invoice/Receipt (scanned and saved to your computer for upload during the application process).

Rebates will apply to purchases on or after 1 January 2018 of the following household appliances:

$200 for a 4 star energy rated Washing Machine - This includes a combination washer/dryer but does not include an appliance that is a dryer only.
$250 for a 4 star energy rated Refrigerator - This includes a combination fridge/freezer but does not include an appliance that is a freezer only.
$300 for a 4 star energy rated Air Conditioner -This includes ducted, split system and window air-conditioners, but does not include freestanding portable air-conditioners or evaporative air conditioners.

To be eligible for a rebate, the appliance must:

have a minimum 4 star energy rating
be new and purchased on or after 1 January 2018 (a copy of the tax receipt must be provided showing you have paid in full)
be for the purposes of domestic/residential use in a Queensland residence.

For air conditioners, the 4 star energy rating relates to cooling. Free-standing, portable air conditioners and evaporative coolers do not qualify for the rebate.

Limited to 1 rebate application per household. Funding is limited.

FAQs

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  • +1 vote

    Is it 1 rebate for each category or just 1 total?

    • +3 votes

      From the FAQs-

      8. Can I apply for more than 1 rebate?

      No. Only 1 rebate will be allowed per household (for a primary residence in Queensland).

      This means that:

      if you have already received a rebate for one appliance, you are not eligible to apply for a further rebate
      if someone living with you at your primary residence has already received a rebate, you are not eligible to apply for another rebate for your household.

  • +22 votes

    Can retailers claim this rebate by jacking up the prices?

    • +26 votes

      Gerry Harvey says yes!

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      This is the only thing that actually happens when the government interferes; prices simply go up.
      Same with childcare, or housing: free money doesn't give you more buying power, it just increases the prices across the board.
      I wish they'd stop wasting our tax dollars like this :(

      The better solution would be to tax more the lower rated devices so whoever imports these things would prefer to import the more efficient ones.

      •  

        So your solution to stop wasting tax money is asking for more tax and waste it on something else? Ironic.

        •  

          Yes, "waste" it on roads, public transport, hospitals.
          It's a much better "waste" in my view than giving cash to people to buy fridges.

  • +1 vote

    Great……
    Relocating to Queensland next month.

  • +1 vote

    Does a 4 star split system even exist? I need a 7kw for my apartment but the Fujitsu, Kelvinator and Panasonics are all 2.5 stars. These aren't the cheap ones either. They're the environmentally 'considerate' expensive models with the 'econovani' type technologies.

    • +3 votes

      Yeh it looks like anything 7kw is only 2.5 stars max. Maybe the idea is you get a reduced power model? Remember many installers and retailers with simple calculators recommend a much larger model than is actually necessary. Take into account your window glazing, the orientation to the sun, insulation. Maybe installing awnings/shading, insulation or curtains would be cheaper than the larger model unit.

      • +3 votes

        It's a very strange situation because for many people the initiative is going to incentivise the purchase of an underpowered unit. Which is counter-intuitive when the whole purpose is supposedly energy efficiency. We really need a better breed of politician in this state.

        • -4 votes

          Thats Queensland for you…

        • +4 votes

          Government is interested in reducing power consumption, incentivising large air conditioners would be counter intuitive, they would rather you have a small unit that uses less power than a bigger one that uses more. They don't really care if your house can cool to 19 on a 40 day, they do however want you to use less power than more.

        • -1 vote

          Definitely counter-intuitive. I can see it encouraging people who already have air conditioners to add that extra unit to the room that never had it before, or instead of buying just one big unit, why not buy 2 and get a discount and rebate on top of that. And for the ozbargainer in us all, stack it with a bunch of HN amex deals and you've got yourself $800 off your $2k spend.

          There is no energy to be saved here lol.

    • +1 vote

      I'm not sure about the split system, but I just filtered on appliancesonline and their most efficient window unit is 2-star. I couldn't figure out how to filter based on energy-stars on the harvey norman website. Nice policy; make it not feasible to utilize, and they'll save a bunch.

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      Seems like only the small split systems have 4 stars and over. The Daikin US7 is advertised as Australia's most energy efficient split system and it's 5kw model is only 3.5 stars for cooling.

    • +1 vote

      Largest 4-star split system that I found, after a 15-minute search, is 3.5kW cooling and 4.0kW heating. $899 before the rebate:
      https://www.thegoodguys.com.au/kelvinator-c35kw-h40kw-revers...

      Is this rebate in addition to the "demand response" rebate, which lets the electricity company reduce the output of your air conditioner on days of high electricity demand?

      • +1 vote

        Yes - it is additional to the SmartPeak rebate.

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        Reduce? It turns off the power supply entirely.

        It’s only suitable for low priority things like pool pumps etc.

      •  

        Try Panasonic Econavi systems. They are all 5 star, and they have everything from 2.5 to 8

        • +2 votes

          They might have a CANSTAR rating of 5 stars, but not all of them have an efficiency rating of four stars or better, and that's the rating that matters.

          I just clicked on the 7kW model, clicked on "see all specs", and it says "Star Rating - Cool / Heat 2.5 / 3.0"
          https://www.panasonic.com/au/consumer/air-conditioning-venti...

          Only the 2.5kW, 3.5kW and 5kW models are four stars or higher for cooling.

          So 5kW is now the highest-powered air conditioner that meets the spec, and has been mentioned in this post.

        • +1 vote

          @Russ:
          They sure make it confusing.

          Anyhow, 5kw is better than your previously identified 3.5kw as the biggest unit. And given the efficiency, it might be enough for your needs. I know when I put the aero series into an room calculator it says I need 3.2kw, but only 2.5kw for the econavi.

          Hope it works out for you and how.

        • +1 vote

          @Russ:

          Just to make it more confusing, here is the gov database

          http://reg.energyrating.gov.au/comparator/product_types/64/s...

          They have a Daikin 7 star rated unit that would fit my room.

    •  

      Same problem here. Want to replace an ancient 7kw system that draws almost constant 3kw in power & doesn’t have an inverter. Can’t find anything more efficient than 2.5 Star.

    •  

      You would have to look at 3.5KW and smaller models to get above 4 star ratings. I have a 6 star 2.0KW model for the upstairs bedroom. Perfect for small rooms and quite cheap too. You can almost half the price with the $300 rebate.

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      4 star spilt system doesn't seem to exist at appliances online.. grr
      will try tgg later on.

  •  

    Damn shame it's Queesland only. I don't suppose anyone knows if other states will follow suit?

    •  

      I suspect it's unlikely. The Queensland government owns much (most?) of the electricity-generating assets in Queensland, so by using this subsidy they are probably avoiding the expense of building another power station, which may have become necessary as the population keeps increasing.

      Unless your state is in a similar situation, there is no need for the government to subsidize energy-efficient devices, and no desire unless the government is green-leaning.

  • +2 votes

    Fudge. Missed out by a few months. Really good initiative though, hopefully this pushes people to buy higher-rated appliances.

  •  

    This seems overly generous since 4 stars isn’t exactly industry best in any of those categories! Good for qlders though

  • +1 vote

    what is a good brand split system? I just need one for a bedroom. Panasonic seems to have good reviews, can anyone recommend one?

    • +1 vote

      Panasonic.

    •  

      Someone once told me Fujitsu is Australia's favourite air?

      But Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is also very good.

      •  

        My air guy (who is the only guy I trust half a dozen asshat companies over the years) has told me fuji's have gone off the boil in terms of back end support to the point he no longer recommends them.

        After 10 years of me buying fuji's (including my last one) he sold me a Mitsubishi Electric. So happy with it I'll replace my other fuji when it dies with one… and the stupid daiken someone talked me into.

        Electric/Heavy Industries are entirely separate companies for anyone wondering but apparently both do good units.

    •  

      My last 3 aircons across two houses were 1 Panasonic 7kw - very good @ 2 Mitubishi 2.5kw in bedroom & study - both very good and more importantly for a bedroom very quiet.

    •  

      After a lot of research, I'm going with the panasonic

    •  

      Mitsubishi electric is amaaaazing.

      I love mine so much. It is so so quiet….. but can really throw a lot of air if you want it to. Really, it is worth the money. I don't understand the people who say mitsubishi heavy industries.

      mitsubishi electric is amazing. I'm pretty sure it won awards for being the quietest too.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks so much for the heads up OP, I was just about to buy a Fisher & Paykel 7.5kg front loader.
    It’s got an energy rating of 4 stars, so it’s eligible.

    Tks again :-)

    • +1 vote

      I advise you to ring up a few repairers, and ask them if they can repair the model you are looking at.

      I repaired a F&P washing machine a few years ago for a friend. A simple repair, a power transistor had failed and was easily replaced. But the washing machine wouldn't start up. I rang the local F&P office, who said "because the washing machine controller has logged a fault, it won't start until it has been told the fault has been repaired". And who can do that? Only F&P repairmen, who charge MUCH more than a standard repairman.

      Things may have changed since then, but I doubt it.

      •  

        A bloody con isn't it. Non disclosure of pertinent information like that should be a criminal offence, an offence against the people. :-)

        PS You seem to be in the game, any recommends for a front loader?

        • +1 vote

          Sorry, I'm in a different game. I design and prototype electronics, so a transistor repair is easy for me. It was also unusually easy to trace the problem, a large component with a sizeable hole in it.

  •  

    Moving into a new unfurnished in a month or so, are we anticipating any major sales by then?

  • +1 vote

    Great find Op!. its good to find scratch and dent or run-out models to make maximum benefit out of this rebate as it seems it does not differentiate on the purchase price paid. Time to upgrade to a better model!

  •  

    i brought my 5 star aircon just last month. ……..

  •  

    Perfect timing, for those looking wanting to combine this with the Harvey Norman amex offer (which expires on the 31/12/17)

    My idea is to buy $400 worth of gift vouchers before then so you are eligible for the $100 cashback (pretty sure people have had no issues with getting the amex cash back in the past on gift vouchers) and then purchase the item on the 1st or after to be elligable for the Gov Cashback. The fridge I'm looking at also has a $200 manufacturers cashback so $550 cashback for me hopefully :)

  • +2 votes

    Buying a front-loader washing machine would be the easiest way to get the rebate - most of them would be 4-star rating.

        • +2 votes

          I don’t see why Origin or AGL would put up their prices because I bought a new washing machine, or Queensland Urban Utilities for water.

          My old machine works, but it isn’t energy efficient or water efficient. That one will be recycled, while I’ll have a new efficient one. Yes, that does help, as I’ll now be using less electricity and less water.

  • +2 votes

    From here - https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/appl...

    "12. When will the rebate scheme end?

    The Government has committed $20 million for the rebate. The scheme will end when the funding is exhausted, so payment of a rebate is not guaranteed.

    The Queensland Government may also cancel the rebate scheme at any time by publishing a notice."

    I wonder how long $20mil will last, and how long it could take to administer.

    •  

      I was wondering the same since I planned to get a washer around April next year.

      Does anyone have any info on how long did rebates like that last for in the past?
      From what I know there were similar rebates in NSW before.

      •  

        I think the thing is to get your application in asap, and not 'depend' on a rebate. At least if we don't get the rebate it won't be because of tardiness on our part.

  • +4 votes

    $15m to administer
    $5m to give out

    • -1 vote

      Do you have any evidence to suggest this is the case, or did you just pluck that from somewhere dark and smelly?

  •  

    be nice if this extended to TVs

  •  

    What's queensland's total state debt? Isn't it about $80 billion?

    • +5 votes

      Current debt 2017-2018 is $71.98 Billion, projected is $81.14 Billion by 2020-2021 (Source: QLD Budget Papers).

      • +2 votes

        Rebate announced 22 Oct, election called on the 28 Oct for the 25th Nov, wonder how votes were bought with this pointless fiscally irresponsible plan? In the words of P.J.O'Rourke "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

    •  

      it's only money.

  • +2 votes

    Running a enormous deficit just stops the opposition from promising everyone a
    'shiny new flagpole'
    everytime an election comes round.

    Seeing as the state gov is also the electricity wholesaler , we won't see prices drop while they are this far into a hole.

    But we can just subdivide and dig and sell everything offshore ,
    so it's fine

    Queensland beautiful one day,
    Pimped out whore the next

  • +3 votes

    Have been looking for a good reason to replace the old washing machine. Looks like I have one now! Thanks OP.

  • +1 vote

    A lot of money to be handing out to people.

    Is this really a good thing for governments to do?

    • +2 votes

      This is how they stay is power.

    • +2 votes

      It’s not about giving people money, it’s about getting people to use energy efficient appliances. You might be able to go afford a 5 star washing machine, but that guy over there can only afford a 2 star. This could help that guy over there buy a more energy efficient appliance.

      That guy will not only be helping the environment by using an energy efficient appliance, but saving money on electricity too.

      • +3 votes

        If this was about using energy efficient appliances then the rebate should only apply for replaced appliances. Instead, it includes new aircons & otherwise is of no use to replacing outdated split systems >5kw (as there is no 4 Star such systems). This scheme has been poorly executed.

        •  

          I disagree. People most likely won’t have 2 washing machines and most won’t have 2 fridges, so this is about using energy efficient appliances.

          I can’t comment on air con as I’ve never looked for a new one.

  • +1 vote

    Shame you can only get a 3 star rated Bar Fridge. Haier do one for $248 but its only 3 stars, otherwise would have been free haha! Hopefully somone makes a 4 star one before the promo finishes.

  •  

    Annoying, I just purchased a 4.5 star fridge a month ago.

  •  

    whilst it's a good deal if you need something now you may be better off waiting if you're needing an air conditioner.

    queensland summer has been mild so far and isn't expected to get too bad. By waiting until winter and getting the cash back offers through the manufacturers you are likely to do just as well and not face as many restrictions in the unit you can buy.

  • +1 vote

    Not a peep about self-sufficiency or going offgrid in the Land Of Highest Electricity Prices on Planet Earth (despite not having to import energy & despite it being easier than ever to go offgrid).

    Muppets get what they deserve in just another taxpayer scam. Rather than seeking independence from the Electricity Grid Scam, they seek rebates. Enjoy paying about 500 bucks a year for the mere privilege of a grid connection.

    • +1 vote

      Not a peep about self-sufficiency or going offgrid in the Land Of Highest Electricity Prices on Planet Earth (despite not having to import energy & despite it being easier than ever to go offgrid).

      And if enough people went off the grid they would introduce monthly charges if the grid was available to you just like they do with water if town water runs past your property or even if they run it past in the future.

      Muppets get what they deserve in just another taxpayer scam. Rather than seeking independence from the Electricity Grid Scam, they seek rebates. Enjoy paying about 500 bucks a year for the mere privilege of a grid connection.

      The point is that it might work for a few people but once a few too many move over the government will act to protect the retailers and their own interests.

      If even electric cars start making inroads they will start adding an excise to your power used to protect the cash cow that is fuel excise.

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    Does anyone know of a wall/window aircon unit that fits the parameters (ie 4 star energy rating)?

  •  

    Would like also to know of a wall mounted box aircon

  •  

    What is the best buy for a 4 star energy rated Washing Machine please? prefer a top-loaded small one

  •  

    I wonder if "factory seconds", specifically, factory refurbished appliances, are eligible since they are not new.

  •  

    relocating in feb’18, do I get rebate if I buy them in feb?

  •  

    This fridge might suit some people https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/352711

  •  

    I'm thinking of replacing my LG with this Electrolux 7.5kg Front Load Washer EWF12753.

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