Mar 16

As you have probably heard on the news over the past few months there have been some very dramatic changes to the federal and state rebates regarding hot water and insulation. To make things as simple as possible the changes are listed below.

Federal Government Rebates:

Insulation rebate – Scrapped due to Mr Garrett’s poor planning and execution of the scheme.
Solar Hot Water – Reduced from $1,600 down to $1,000 due to budget blow outs.
Heat Pump Units – Reduced from $1,000 down to $600 due to budget blow outs.

State Government Rebates:

The state governments proposed 200,000 Solar Hot Water Units for $500 has been scrapped because of he federal governments reduction of their Solar Hot Water Rebate leaving a $100M gap in the budget. However Anna Bligh has promised a new scheme to be introduced by the end of April. We will keep you posted.

Nov 09

Due to the amazing response for the governments stimulus package, as of the 2nd November the federal government’s rebate for insulation for existing homes has been reduced to $1,200. This however can still substantially reduce the cost of insulating your home in most cases $1,200 will insulate approximately 110 square meters. Leaving in most cases only a few hundred dollars left over for the consumer to pick up.

If you have any questions regarding the rebate and what it covers please see our earlier blog or go to http://www.environment.gov.au/energyefficiency/insulation/index.html for more information.

Nov 03

The Queensland Government is introducing new sustainable housing laws to improve the water and energy efficiency of our homes and encourage smarter more efficient designs.

What is a sustainable house?

Sustainable housing is a simple concept, the trick is working out how to make the home use as little, water and energy as possible. Utilising smart design and clever room planning. Queensland attracts thousands of new residents each year putting an ever growing strain on our resources. It is for this reason a number of new laws came into effect on the first of March 2009, with others being introduced throughout the year until March 2010.

All new houses, townhouses, units and any major renovations will be required to hold a 5 star energy equivalence rating or higher. This rating takes in consideration the design of the building, the roof, walls, windows and floors as well as many other factors. It does not however include the use of efficient fixtures such as lighting, water heating etc.

Ways in which your home can improve it’s star rating are, northern orientation of living rooms, natural ventilation, insulation, treated glazing and many more. It is estimated that 5 star housing will save over 500,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases by 2020 equivalent to taking 119,000 cars off the road.

The 5 star homes not only benefit the environment but they are also more comfortable to live in cheaper to heat and cool minimising your electricity/gas bills and reducing your carbon footprint.

Aug 26

ANSA Plumbing is now installing ceiling insulation, and the good news for you is that you can get it installed by our quality insulation installers for free. Using the governments rebate most homes can get insulation installed with little or no outlay at all. The government is offering $1,600 for owner occupiers which can cover the matieral and labour costs of most 145m2 houses. There is also a $1,000 rebate for rentals, holiday homes and alike which can cover the materials and labour costs of most 100m2 houses.

Since the change in legislation on the 30th of June 2009 businesses that install the insulation can now claim the rebate on behalf of the customer which means that in most cases you won’t have to outlay any money at all. Just sign a few forms and will can book in a time and fill in all the paper work for you. NO hassle NO worries.

Click here for more information, or call ANSA Plumbing now on 1800 My ANSA.

** Update **

Due to the enormous response to the Federal Government Energy Efficient homes rebate scheme (over 120,000 households have had their application approved.) the rebate for rental/holidays homes has been increased from the original $1,000 up to $1,600. The owner/occupier rebate remains at $1,600.

Any questions regarding this rebate or any other of ANSA Plumbings services feel free to call us on 1800 My ANSA or Click here for more information.

Aug 10
This is a thermal image of a ceiling as you can see the rectangle of pinky/blue colour is much cooler than the rest of the roof. This is where insulation has been installed.

This is a thermal image of a ceiling as you can see the rectangle of pinky/blue colour is much cooler than the rest of the roof. This is where insulation has been installed.

It has never been so simple and easy, ANSA can now install your ceiling insulation and in most cases we can do it for FREE. The government rebate for domestic ceiling insulation is now in affect and ANSA can provide quality Australian certified insulation that can save you hundreds of dollars a year in your heating and cooling costs.

The federal government has issued a $1,600 grant that in most cases can quite easily cover a 100m2 home without the need to outlay any initial costs.

Are you eligible?

Are you a homeowner, landlord or tenant?
Are you over 18?
Are you an Australian Citizen?
Do you have permission from the owner of the property?
Are you installing new insulation (not replacing old insulation)
If you answered YES to all these question then contact ANSA NOW!
For more information on government guidelines for homeowners click here for landlords/tenants click here.

Call us NOW to book in 1800 My ANSA.

Jul 21

Government rebates saving you thousands to help make the world a better place to live.

Over three million homes are set to benefit from the Australian Governments’ $4 Billion Energy Efficient Homes package. You and your family could be one of the 3 million households eligible to apply for the Energy Efficient Homes Package.

What the government has on offer

The three offers under the Energy Efficient Homes Package are as follows:

1. Up to $1,600 for owner –occupiers to install ceiling insulation in their existing privately-owned principal place of residence, through the Homeowner Insulation Program.

OR

2. A $1,600 rebate for owner-occupiers, landlords or tenants to replace their existing electric storage hot water system with an eligible solar or heat pump hot water system, through the Solar Hot Water Rebate.

3. Up to $1,000 for landlords or tenants to install ceiling insulation in private rental and other properties (including holiday homes), through the Low Emission Assistance Plan for Renters.

These technologies can significantly decrease the amount of energy used to heat your home and water. As much as 35% of the heat lost from a house can be attributed to not having ceiling insulated. Water heating contributes as much as 30% to your home electricity bill. With power price rises already in effect installing a solar hot water system could save you up to $700 a year.

This rebate can reduce the cost of a standard swap from an electric hot water system to an Energy Efficient System from $4,200 – $1,600 (Energy Efficient Homes Package) – $400 (State Rebate) = $2,200 for a brand new Heat pump swap, that is a saving of $2,000!

The $1,600 rebate is available for people who replace an existing electric hot water system with an eligible heat pump or solar system, purchased and installed between 3rd February 2009 and 30th June 2012. This is available to owner-occupiers, landlords and tenants. Tenants must obtain permission from the landlord before installing a new system.

The $1,600 Solar Hot Water Rebate is only available to people who have not already accessed support to install ceiling insulation through the Homeowner Insulation Program.

SAVE THE ENVIROMENT!

Call ANSA Plumbing NOW on 1800 My ANSA to organise a quote.

Jun 23

Queensland’s Green Future

As of the 1st of March 2006 the premier had banned the installation of electric hot water systems in new homes. The premier then proclamed in 2007 that he would impose a range of incentives and initiatives that would be introduced as a part of the ClimateSmart 2050 policy. Among many others, one of these initiatives was the complete phase out of the energy hungry electric hot water systems (hws).  The first phase begins at the begining of  January, 2010 where all houses within a gas reticulated areas are required to install a greenhouse efficient hws when their existing hws breaks or needs replacing. Electric hws will not be able to be purchased or installed for domestic use within the gas reticulated areas. The next stage which entails all other homes across the state must install an energy efficient hws when there current hws breaks or needs replacing this will occur at a date yet to be confirmed by the premier.

The government phase out of electric hws is simply because the average domestic hws accounts for up to 35% of a Queensland household energy bill. Swapping out the existing systems with a more energy efficient system will dramatically decrease the strain on our power plants (up to 300 megawatts per year), as the vast majority of QLDs power plant use coal this will greatly reduce our carbon emissions (up to 2.6 million tonnes a year).  This reduced demand is the equivalent of 328,000 homes, which is all the houses in Brisbane not using any energy for a year.

If you are worried about the cot of having to upgrade to energy efficient hws then never fear. The cost of these systems are declining every year as the demand increases so doe sthe ability of the companies to mass produce and compete with each other. There are also many rebates available for energy efficient hws including $300 from the “Department of Mines and Energy” for a hot water system of at least 5 stars, Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), the federal Hot Water Rebate of $1,600, the Brisbane city council Solar Hot Water Rebate. Which can dramatically decrease the cost in some case over 60% off.

Mar 11

The the question most of you will be asking is. What is an REC?

Well A R.E.C or Renewable Energy Certificate is a new government idea for green energy. Basically a REC works kind of like a share in the stock market does. 1 REC representes 1 MWh(Mega Watt Hour) of renewable electricity displace by a solar hot water system or heat pump etc. The value of these RECs increase and decrease depending on the market and you can buy and sell them whenever you see fit. When you purchase an energy efficient hot water system you are assigned a certain amount of RECs depending on how efficient your system is. RECs are electronic certificates that are publicly available on an internet database (www.rec-registry.com). In the case of solar hot water systems they are rated for their electric displacement over a ten year period.

For an average solar hot water system should be assigned about  1 RECs = 1 MWh saving over ten years. So an average hot water will save about 33MWh  over ten year there fore 3300kWh (kilo watt hour) saving per year and 33 RECs. Every solar hot water model is listed induvidually within the  Federal Government Legislation.

RECs are only available to:

- Installations where they replace an existing electric system
- Any new installation
- Reduced RECs are available when an electric-boosted solar replaces an electric-boosted solar.

The greener your unit – the more RECs assigned to it. The value of the REC is determinded by the market demand like I said earlier kind of like stocks.

Whomever owns the house when the water heater is installed has the rights to the RECs.

For more info please visit www.orer.gov.au.