Eligible activities under the EEIS

When energy retailers and their subcontractors undertake the following activities, they earn abatement credits. They can use this abatement to comply with their Retailer Energy Savings Obligation. 

More activities will be added to increase the range of options for using the Scheme to help residents and businesses to transition to energy efficiency.  

Building envelope activities

  • building sealing (windows and doors)
  • exhaust fan sealing
  • ventilation opening sealing (external ventilation openings and chimneys)
  • install a thermally efficient window (replacement window)
  • retrofit thermally efficient glazing (to an existing window)
  • install thermally efficient window coverings
  • install window pelmets

Space heating and cooling activities

  •  replace a ducted gas space heater with a high efficiency ducted gas space heater
  •  install a high efficiency ducted gas heater in a new residential premises
  • install a ducted air-to-air heat pump to replace an existing ducted air-to-air heat pump
  • install a ducted air-to-air heat pump to replace existing central electric resistance heater
  • install high efficiency space air-to-air heat pump (type of heater replaced not specified)    
  • install insulated gas heating ductwork          

Hot water service activity

  • decommission and replace electric resistance water heater and replace with an electric boosted solar water heater
  • decommission a gas water heater and install a gas boosted solar water heater
  • replace an existing shower fixture outlet (showerhead) with a low flow shower fixture outlet
  • hot water tap improvements

Lighting activities

  • replace low efficiency lamps with high efficiency lamps
  • replace a halogen lamp fitting with a low energy downlight fitting

Appliance activities

  • decommissioning and disposal of pre-1996 refrigerator or freezer
  • purchase of a high efficiency refrigerator or freezer
  • purchase of a high efficiency electric clothes dryer
  • install a standby power controller
  • purchase of a high efficiency television
  • install a high efficiency pool pump

The activities were chosen from activities used for economic modelling in the regulatory impact statement and activities available under existing government retrofit programs. All activities were considered in relation to the likely uptake and abatement under the EEIS and  compatibility with activities included under the VEET scheme and ACTSmart programs. The existing training and regulatory framework applying to the activity, and the potential risks to installers, occupants and property associated with the activity were also considered.

To support high quality, safe installations, all activities are subject to codes of practice outlining consumer protection, quality, health, safety and environment protection requirements.

Retailers that do offer activities don’t have to offer all activities in the list.  The Act allows them to choose which activities they will undertake to meet their energy saving obligations.

New activities

Additional activities are being added as rules for undertaking the activity and product requirements are developed. Activities currently being developed for inclusion in the EEIS include commercial lighting and energy efficient reverse-cycle air conditioners. 

The insulation activity requirements will require a new code of practice that will include competency standards for installers, pre-installation checks, and installation practices, requirements for the disposal of removed materials and any other requirements associated with managing the documented risks of undertaking insulation activities post-construction. There will be a single set of rules for all people undertaking insulation activities under the EEIS, which will protect consumers and installers.

What do you want added to the scheme?

Please send feedback on these activities, and let us know what additional activities you would like us to consider adding next to epd-eeis@act.gov.au.

Residential and business activities

The table below shows which of the current activities apply to residential buildings, and which apply to businesses.
 

Activity

Residential activity

Business activity

Building envelope activities

Building sealing (windows and doors)

Yes

No[1]

Exhaust fan sealing

Yes

No[1]

Ventilation opening sealing (external ventilation openings and chimneys)

Yes

No[1]

Install a thermally efficient window (replacement window)

Yes

No[1]

Retrofit thermally efficient glazing (to an existing window)

Yes

No[1]

Install thermally efficient window coverings

Yes

No[1]

Install window pelmets

Yes

No[1]

Space heating and cooling activities

Replacing a ducted gas space heater with a high efficiency ducted gas heater

Yes

Yes

Install a high efficiency ducted gas heater in a new residential premises

Yes

No[2]

Install a ducted air-to-air heat pump to replace and existing ducted air-to-air heat pump

Yes

No[1]

Install a high efficiency space air-to-air heat pump to replace existing central electric resistance heater

Yes

No[1]

Install high efficiency space air-to-air heat pump (type of heater replaced not specified)

Yes

No[1]

 Install insulated gas heating ductwork 

Yes

Yes

Hot water service activities

Decommission and replace electric resistance water heater and replace with an electric boosted solar water heater

Yes

Yes

Decommission a gas water heater and install a gas boosted solar water heater

Yes

Yes

Replace an existing shower fixture outlet (showerhead) with a low flow shower fixture outlet

Yes

Yes

Hot water tap improvements

Yes

Yes

Lighting activities

Replace low efficiency lamps with high efficiency lamps

Yes

Yes

Replace a halogen lamp fitting with a low energy down light fitting

Yes

Yes

Appliance activities

Decommissioning and disposal of pre-1996 refrigerator or freezer

Yes

Yes

Purchase of a high efficiency refrigerator or freezer

Yes

Yes

Installation of a high efficiency gas clothes dryer

Yes

Yes

Purchase of a high efficiency electric clothes dryer

Yes

Yes

Install a standby power controller

Yes

Yes

Purchase of a high efficiency television

Yes

Yes

Install a high efficiency pool pump

Yes

Yes

[1] This activity is not included under the VEET Scheme in the business sector and is not considered necessary for the business sector in the ACT at this time, however, this activity may be considered for inclusion in the business sector at a later date.

[2] This activity is not considered necessary for the business sector in the ACT, noting uptake is expected to be low and there may be administrative difficulties associated with including it under the EEIS. This activity may be considered for inclusion in the business sector at a later date.

Install a high efficiency ducted gas heater in a new residential premises

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