Free in-home energy assessment (Scorecard) program
Find out how to increase your home's energy efficiency and thermal comfort and save yourself money through Kingston's free in-home energy assessment Scorecard program.
Complete our expression of interest form(DOCX, 38KB) to apply now.
Places are limited and eligibility criteria applies.
An accredited assessor will visit you and provide a personalised in-home energy assessment, Scorecard rating and report, and tailored advice about how to reduce energy costs in your home and make your home more comfortable.
This can help you understand, for example, how to convert a 2-star home with an average running cost of $3,546 per year into a 5-star home with an average running cost of $1,064 per year, and also what state government rebates are available.
- Eat less meat to reduce the need for land clearing, intense water use, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with grazing animal production.
- Reduce food waste, recycle, use your organics waste bin or compost food waste at home to reduce methane gas emissions.
- Grow some food, join a community garden, buy organic, and shop locally to reduce transport miles.
- Plant a tree and bring plants into your home and workplace.
Tips for sustainable living can be found on Sustainability Victoria's website.
Your Home is a Commonwealth Government initiative that provides a range of information and tools to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable.
- Buy fewer disposable products.
- Use what you already have more and buy less in general.
- Buy used goods and support the second-hand economy.
- Give experience gifts rather than things.
- Shop locally and choose low waste and less packaged items.
- Use a web search page such as Ecosia – the search engine that plants trees.
- Choose banks and super funds that don’t invest in environmentally damaging activities, particularly thermal coal. Market Forces provides a guide to help you compare institutions.
- Use public transport if it’s available.
- Walk and cycle instead of driving.
- Consider using car share programs.
- Offset air, other travel, freight and other unavoidable emissions.
- Consider purchasing an electric vehicle (view a map of electric vehicle charging stations).
- Have solar installed on your home, plan an all-electric home and make the switch from gas to efficient electric appliances if replacing items.
- Advocate for solar on your workplace, school or sports club.
- Buy renewable energy, such as Greenpower.
- Insulate and draught proof your home and plant vegetation to assist with shading and cooling.
Rebates for the installation of solar and/or batteries for owner occupiers and landlords, solar water heating, heating and cooling upgrades, and on electric vehicle purchasing are available through the Solar Homes Program.
Rebates for efficient electric appliances and products for Victorian households, such as hot water systems, electric heating and cooling, lighting, fridges and freezes are available through the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program.