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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Time’s running out to update energy-munching appliances

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Time’s running out to update energy-munching appliances

    Queenslanders have just two weeks to buy a new energy efficient fridge, washing machine or air conditioner and qualify for rebates of up to $300.

    Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham encouraged Queenslanders who are looking at replacing their old clunkers to join the 50,000 households who are already in line for the rebate.

    “Nearly 40,000 Queensland households have already saved money, and are now saving energy and driving down their power bills, thanks to our rebate scheme,” he said.

    “Every month since this started, 10,000 Queenslanders have pocketed the rebate, but all good things come to an end.

    “The cut-off date for purchases is June 3, so there’s not much time left to consider making the switch to a four-star or above energy-efficient appliance.

    “Swapping to an energy efficient air-conditioner can save a household up to $100 a year off an electricity bill, or up to $50 a year with an energy efficient washing machine or fridge.

    “If you’re thinking about replacing your old appliance, or simply buying a new appliance I encourage you to do it now – before 3 June – while this rebate is on offer,” Dr Lynham said.

    Assistant State Development Minister and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said it was encouraging to see that the rebate had been taken right up across the state, with Mackay and  Toowoomba the biggest buyers of eligible energy efficient appliances in regional Queensland.

    “This is great news because energy efficient appliances are a practical way to lower household electricity bills, and the savings last as long as the life of the appliance,” she said.

    “The rapid uptake of the rebate has also provided a fantastic boost for regional economies and local appliance retailers and small businesses.

    “Retailers have seen a rapid increase in demand for energy efficient appliances since the rebate opened in January.”

    This rebate is part of the Government’s Affordable Energy Plan, which is delivering an $50 annual dividend paid to every household for the next two years, and a two-year price cap that will see power prices not rise above inflation for the next two years.

    Dr Lynham said it was positive that 28 per cent of the rebates paid to date had gone to residents with concession cards, on top of of the electricity concessions already in place to help concession card holders save on their energy bills. 

    To receive the rebate visit www.qld.gov.au/appliancerebate for full eligibility requirements and to check if the appliance you are considering buying is eligible for the rebate.

    Households thinking about purchasing an energy efficient appliance need to buy the appliance by 3 June and have the application in within 30 days from date of purchase. Applications close on 3 July.

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