Discounted energy efficient lighting for households

Incentives for household lighting upgrades are available under the NSW Government Energy Savings Scheme (ESS). Find an approved supplier in your region.

Electrician replacing downlight in ceiling.

What’s available?

The NSW Government Energy Savings Scheme cuts electricity and gas use by creating financial incentives for households and businesses, including incentives for eligible households to replace old lights with new LED lights. 

How does it work?

To access the incentives and check your eligibility, contact an approved supplier in your region.

Check to see if there is an approved supplier in your region:

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By using the regional approved supplier lookup below you are agreeing to the terms of service.

Approved suppliers are known as Accredited Certificate Providers (ACPs). Information about ACPs is provided for general information only. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is the Energy Savings Scheme Administrator and Regulator and is responsible for accreditation, auditing and compliance of ACPs. Before proceeding with engaging an ACP a customer should review up to date information available on the IPART website.

By accessing and using information about ACPs available on this website, the customer acknowledges and agrees:

  • the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) does not have any legal liability whatsoever connected to the deliverables associated with this program, including any issues arising from interactions with ACPs and technology installations
  • to discharge DPIE from all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, costs, losses, damages, and expenses the customer may potentially incur through this program or arising from the use of this information for any other purpose.

Metropolitan Sydney

Central Coast

Illawarra

North Coast

Central West & Orana

Far West

Hunter

Riverina Murray

New England & North West

South East & Tablelands

How will this help my household?

Switching to LEDs will help you reduce your energy consumption. This means you can expect to see long-term cost savings on your bills.

For example, if you change 20 halogen downlights to LED downlights, you can save up to $210 a year on energy costs.

Other benefits include reduced maintenance, because LEDs last longer than other lights. They will also lower your environmental impact.

Accessing the incentive  

When you contact an approved supplier, they will assess your lighting needs and give you a quote.

The supplier will assess your lighting needs either by phone, or by visiting your home. 

You will need to make a minimum payment for the lighting upgrade. For households, the minimum is $30 + GST. You may be required to pay more, depending on the design of your home and the services the supplier provides.

It’s a good idea to request quotes from more than one supplier, to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Get the upgrade

Your supplier will send a licensed electrician to install the new lights.

Old light globes, or any other equipment that is removed or replaced, must be recycled or disposed of by the supplier. This is to ensure that old, inefficient equipment is not used anywhere else.

Any questions?

If you have questions, contact an approved supplier directly. 

The incentives are created through the NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS).

Page last updated on 21 July 2021