Electric Hot Water System Phase Out

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Water heating is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions from most Australian homes. To address this, various levels of government across Australia are working together to phase out inefficient and greenhouse gas-intensive electric resistance hot water systems throughout the country. Agreement to implement the phase out for existing homes has been reached by Federal, State, and Territory Governments. Implementation dates for Victoria will be confirmed however, the phase out is likely to commence during 2011.

The proposed changes will result in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of almost 30 million tonnes over the ten years from 2010-2020.  The phase out will affect existing residential detached, terraced and town houses that are replacing their electric water heater, with apartments and units exempt. The decision, once implemented, will prevent the installation of greenhouse gas intensive electric resistance hot water systems. Homes with a working electric water heater will not be required to install a new hot water system until their current heater needs to be replaced.

The availability of rebates and incentives provides assistance for householders to switch to more energy efficient hot water systems like solar.

For more information on the national phase-out, visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/energy or www.climatechange.gov.au/what-you-need-to-know.  For any information regarding your Body Corporate Management or questions on the constant changes to the legislation please don’t hesitate to contact Cathy Blanchard on 07 5448 8725

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