Sustainable homes

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Residential Solar

At Council we partner with organisations that can provide value to households and businesses.

Yarra Ranges Council, together with 7 other Councils, have partnered with Solar Savers to deliver on quality and affordable household solar systems. 

Since December 2019, home owners have been signing up for solar systems via Solar Savers. In September 2020, the State Government introduced a Solar for Rentals program which provides a rebate for eligible landlords, making it more accessible and affordable for rental properties to have solar installed.

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

Solar Savers will also help in applying for state government assistance, and if you are a pensioner you may be eligible for a special low interest bank loan from Bank Australia.

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.