Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2010
Date Ended:2014
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments, Information and Education>Information provision, Information and Education
Policy Target:Residential Appliances>Water heating
Agency:Department of Industry
Enforcement:State and Territory Governments

The phase out of greenhouse intensive hot water was an element of the National Hot Water Strategic Framework was agreed by the Ministerial Council on Energy in December 2008.

The greenhouse intensive water heater phase-out was designed to deliver on a commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions from the Australian residential sector and assist householders to reduce energy costs. Water heating consumes around 25% of total household energy and greenhouse intensive, electric resistance water heaters are installed in around 50% of Australia's 8 million homes.

The phase-out will prohibit the installation of electric resistance water heaters and drive the water heating market to low emission / low energy consumption technologies such as air sourced heat pumps, solar and gas. The phase out in existing homes is estimated to save approximately 51.1 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over ten years. Implementation nationally will result in the largest reduction in greenhouse gases in 2020 of any single initiative of the appliance energy efficiency program - 4% of Australia's projected greenhouse gas abatement.

Program was implemented through a staged process between 2010-2012, focusing on new and existing detached, row and terrace houses, and new flats and apartments with access to piped gas. Implementation occured through regulations in the building code for new homes, and State and Territory plumbing codes for existing homes.

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Buildings, Mandatory building codes and MEPS, Buildings, Improved energy efficiency in existing buildings, Buildings, Energy performance of building components and systems
Related policies:Energy Labelling for Electric and Gas Appliances , National Framework for Energy Efficiency , Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for Electric and Gas Appliances , Minimum Energy Performance Standards and Labelling for Gas Appliances
This record supersedes:Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme

Last modified: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:58:09 CET