Sustainable homes

Residential Solar

Yarra Ranges is part of the Solar Savers collaboration along with 9 other Victorian Councils.  In 2019 and 2020 we will be offering home residential roof top solar packages that will deliver quality systems at affordable prices. For more details visit the solar savers website.

These solar systems are available to all homeowners in Yarra Ranges, and pensioners may be eligible for a discount and a special low interest loan.

How Solar Savers works

  • We check that solar is right for your household.
  • We arrange for our trusted installer to contact you and prepare a quote.
  • Should you choose to proceed, you simply approve the quote, sign the agreement and pay a 10% deposit.
  • Our installer will then guide you through the process from the very beginning until after the unit is installed and you are happy with your new Solar PV system. 


Home Design and Renovation

Planning on building or renovating? Choosing the right design can reduce your running cost and make your home more sustainable.

Our Good Home Design guide(PDF, 9MB) has some great ideas for reducing your homes running costs and minimising your environmental impact.

Sustainable Living

Try the simple tips in our Switch and Save brochure(PDF, 798KB) to take control of your power bills. Another great resource for reducing your energy bill is the Switch On website.

The state government offers rebates on a variety of sustainble home features, to find out more visit Sustainability Victoria

Water Harvesting

Installing a rainwater tank in your garden is an excellent way to reduce the amount of water you use from catchments. Tanks are available in various shapes and sizes.

Rebates are available for a variety of water saving devices including:

  • Rainwater tanks

  • 5 star water rated (WELS) washing machines

  • Pool covers

  • Showerheads

Visit the DEPI website for more information.