The Australian Government is looking at ways to make sure air conditioning is affordable and accessible to more people, including a new $1,000 rebate for new residential customers.
The rebate will cover the cost of Australian air conditioners in new homes built after 1 July 2018.
The government’s National Energy Market Authority (NEMMA) said it was aiming to introduce a rebate program in the coming months.
The scheme, which will cover most Australian residential customers, will help encourage more people to switch to air conditioning in their homes.
The agency said it would work with home builders to encourage people to upgrade to air-conditioning.
It is part of a $1.6 billion energy package which also includes $2.6bn for the coal sector and $1bn for renewables.
“This will provide more people with access to energy, and in particular, better affordability for air conditioning,” the NEMMA said.
It said a rebate would help reduce household energy bills by $100 a year.
The Government has promised to increase the rebate by $1 for every $1 in new electricity bills.
“In terms of the rebate, we are committed to increasing the rebate to $1 a year for households that have electricity bills of $1 per week,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
The rebate would be available on a three-year rolling basis. “
We will also be increasing the rate of the energy rebate for residential customers that have a home energy cost of $500 per week.”
The rebate would be available on a three-year rolling basis.
It is part and parcel of the government’s efforts to bring down the cost and deliver greater choice to Australians.
In October last year, the government announced a $20 rebate on energy bills to help people buy energy efficient appliances.
It also introduced a new national energy target for 2020, with a goal to increase energy efficiency by 50 per cent by 2025.
The target was to cut the cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) by at least 25 per cent.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change said the rebate was available to “all customers of all types”.
“Energy efficiency will drive down energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and increase economic opportunity,” she said.
The NEMma said it had also worked with major manufacturers to help reduce energy bills. “
These new appliances, as well as new technologies, will improve customer service, reduce energy costs and deliver a more competitive and efficient energy system.”
The NEMma said it had also worked with major manufacturers to help reduce energy bills.
“The Government has committed to supporting the Australian energy industry through the 2020 National Energy Plan by offering rebates on new appliances and energy efficiency,” the spokeswoman said.
This will help to lower household energy costs by at most $100 per week.
Mr Morrison said the Government had committed to investing $1 billion in energy efficiency and renewable energy in the next five years.
The new rebate will also help to tackle air pollution.
Air pollution was costing the Australian economy about $200 billion in lost productivity every year, Mr Morrison said.
He said that was a “significant and unacceptable” cost.
He said it needed to be tackled by creating a climate policy which ensured Australia’s climate was sustainable.
While the Government will not commit to the carbon price, it will also consider the feasibility of a national emissions trading scheme, and make a decision on the emissions trading policy once it has done so.
But the Government is still a long way from making a commitment to the 2030 Paris climate agreement, which calls for cutting emissions by at the end of this century.
Labor has called on the Government to commit to a national carbon price.
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