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Is the free LED light replacement still available?

Free LEDs still available

As an Accredited partner under the VEU program Energy Makeovers is proud to offer subsidised and free LED upgrades through the Victorian Government’s energy efficiency incentive to businesses and homes around Victoria. We also offer subsidised upgrades to properties around Sydney through a similar program available in NSW, called HEER.

But how do these programs work and are free lighting upgrades still available?

The Victorian Government launched a program to decrease Victorian residents’ bills and greenhouse gas emissions by incentivising energy-efficient upgrades such as retrofitting LED downlights in place of halogen downlights for properties around the state, both commercial and residential. The program was managed by the Essential Services Commission and was referred to as VEET (Victorian Energy Efficiency Target). Back in 2017 VEET was rebranded and is now called VEU (Victorian Energy Upgrades).

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The VEU program aims to encourage households and businesses to find ways to use energy more efficiently – thus reducing energy bills and their carbon footprint. The program was designed to make these energy efficiency improvements more affordable by subsidising the cost of upgrading your lighting.

Both versions of the program incentivised energy efficiency upgrades through the use of VEECs (Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates). Companies like us (Energy Makeovers) trade these certificates on your behalf and they’re purchased by energy retailers. This means the program is not funded by taxpayers, it’s funded by energy retailers that are obligated to purchase these certificates. We have more information on how the costs are covered here. And one for NSW here.

Are Victorian homes and businesses still eligible for free LED upgrades?

The answer is yes and we still offer this service. It’s been an incredibly popular program and we’re often booked weeks in advance, so we’d recommend enquiring as soon as you’ve made the decision to upgrade your home or business. There are some terms and conditions such as eligibility requirements and a minimum number in order to receive an upgrade completely free. There are also a range of products that are eligible for the upgrade including CFLs, fluorescent tubes, halogen downlights and highbay lights; it depends on your property (and if it’s a business – what activity that business undertakes) so it’s best to give us a call to discuss (1300 788 776) or view our information pages for homes or for businesses.

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