Eligible activities

Activities may be eligible under the Energy Savings Scheme if they increase energy efficiency without reducing production or service levels.

Eligible activities include:

  • Modifying end-user equipment or the way it is used (including installing additional components)
  • Replacing end-user equipment with other end-user equipment that consumes less energy
  • Installing new end-user equipment that consumes less energy than other comparable end-user equipment
  • Selling new end-user equipment that consumes less energy than other comparable end-user equipment, or
  • Removing end-user equipment so that energy consumption is reduced, as long as there is no negative effect on production or service levels.

Find out more on the Energy savings calculation methods page.

End-user equipment

End-User equipment includes:

  • Equipment, processes or systems that consume gas or electricity
  • Equipment that causes, controls or influences energy consumption
  • A National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Building.

Commercial and Industrial sites

There are a range of activities at commercial and industrial sites that may be eligible. These may include:

  • Efficiency improvements or line upgrades at industrial sites (eg, chemical plants, manufacturing plants, mills)
  • Behavioural changes in the way energy is used in schools or hospitals
  • Installation of efficient refrigeration and cooling systems at retail and commercial sites, and
  • Replacement of out of date equipment, or modification and efficiency improvements to existing equipment.

Common equipment energy savings opportunities can be found in:

  • Compressed air systems (that are oversized or leak)
  • Variable speed drives (VSDs) fitted to inefficient motor
  • Modifications to large refrigeration systems
  • Replacement or modification of HVAC systems
  • Decommissioning or retiring of old plant made redundant by more specialised equipment
  • Installation of high efficiency motors
  • Installation of power factor correction capacitors.

More information about the calculation methods that can be applied for commercial and industrial sites can be located here.

Householders and small businesses

Householders and small businesses may be able to benefit from a range of energy efficiency upgrades in their homes or businesses, such as replacing downlights with LEDs. This is called the Home Energy Efficiency Retrofits (HEER) method. Residential and small business upgrades are performed by businesses that are accredited under the HEER method who may be able to provide discounted energy savings services or products to residential and small business customers.