For most Queensland households, around 35 percent of annual energy use is for hot water. However, by using the sun's energy with a Solar Hot Water System to heat water, the average household can reduce its annual hot water costs by around 85 percent when compared to conventional electric systems. As well as costing less to run, solar hot water systems have a significant environmental benefit as their reduced energy use means less greenhouse gases produced.
The Queensland Government announced on 22 June 2012 that the Solar Hot Water Rebate has closed.
Before installing a solar hot water system you should:
Find a list of plumbers in the local phone directory.
To confirm if the plumber or drainer is licensed, and that their licence is current, contact the Queensland Building and Construction Commission on 1300 272 272.
The owner or licensed plumber has two options available when replacing a hot water system:
a. Fill in application for compliance assessment - Form 1
b. Fill out credit card authorisation form
c. Submit the completed forms to Council:
by email to: PlanDev@ipswich.qld.gov.au
in person at: Administration Building
45 Roderick Street,
by fax to: 07 3281 7085
by mail to: Plumbing Branch,
Ipswich City Council,
PO Box 191,