Governments across Australia, specifically the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) and New South Wales’ Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) are offering rebates and financial incentives for businesses prepared to switch over to LED lights. Replacing energy-hungry lighting like fluorescent and halogen with energy-efficient LED lighting can reduce your energy bill by up to 70% and slash energy and maintenance costs. At Specialist Lighting Solutions, we aim to take the complexity out of applying for government rebates by providing an integrated, turnkey solution for energy certificate creation.

Better Lighting Benefits
Chances are, wherever you are right now – there’s a light on. Replacing that light with an LED can help the environment by reducing CO2 emissions and can save you up to 90% on your lighting costs. That, in essence, is what the government rebate aims to do. Flicking the switch on inefficient lighting has many advantages, including reduced electricity and lower power bills. LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours, approximately 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb. Their long lifespan translates to reduced maintenance costs over the life of the light. Upgrading to LED lighting technology puts control in the user’s hands, meaning better, more flexible work environments.

Reviewing The Refund
An eco-rebate by Specialist Lighting Solutions will take you through the process from start to finish, with the aim of reducing energy consumption and providing a pathway to implement energy savings initiatives. Here’s how it works:
● Before you can apply for a rebate, you’ll need to engage an energy certificate partner to undertake a comprehensive audit of your existing lighting.
● Once savings have been identified, our lighting consultants will put together a comprehensive proposal, outlining your expected ROI and energy savings.
● When you’ve begun implementing the changes and installing new lighting, SLS will generate an energy savings certificate based on your reduction in energy use.
● You can then use this to apply for paybacks and rebates, which in most cases happens within 12 months.

SLS offer a turnkey rebate solution, meaning there’s no paperwork for you to fill out; only savings to be made. The upfront expenditure of a lighting upgrade can be limiting for some businesses which is why SLS provide finance solutions with can keep you cash flow positive from day one.

The Rebate Reality
Our eco-audits have saved the environment thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions and our clients hundreds of thousands of dollars in reduced energy and maintenance bills. The results from a recent eco-audit at the Bendigo Hospital reduced power consumption by up to 76% per light fitting and cut overall electricity consumption by 11.13%. Similarly, a recent eco-audit of the Chairo Christian School led to an impressive reduction of 337 tonnes of CO2 emissions and estimated savings of more than $140,000 over a fifteen year period. Simply retrofitting LED tubes into the staff underground car park at the Country Court of Victoria in Melbourne immediately reduced energy consumption by 46% and realised a saving of $13,400 per year in the garage alone.