‘We congratulate the New South Wales Government for its commitment to improving energy efficiency in households and businesses across the state,’ says Robin Mellon, Chief Operating Officer of the GBCA.
‘Energy-efficient buildings – whether they are residential or commercial properties – are cheaper to operate; have smaller carbon footprints; are more productive, healthy spaces; and are better long-term assets. Improvements to the ESS will encourage more households and businesses to take action to capture the benefits of energy-efficient buildings,’ Mr Mellon says.
The ESS encourages households and businesses to reduce electricity consumption and costs by installing, improving or replacing energy-saving equipment. Changes to the ESS include:
- new incentives for households to purchase quality and affordable energy-saving upgrades to their homes, including high-efficiency heating and cooling, lighting, window glazing and draught sealing
- incentives for businesses to purchase highly efficient commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment
- better performance standards for commercial lighting products to ensure customers receive highquality and long-lasting products and services
- red tape removal to make it easier for appliance retailers and service providers to access and administer the scheme.