It's official: Bello is the greenest

NEW figures for the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund household rebates scheme released this week show what many have known for some time, Bellingen is the State's greenest town.

Wollongong locals have claimed more than 2000 rebates for rainwater tanks, solar hot water heaters, roof insulation and washing machines under the rebate scheme, placing the city at the top of the green list in terms of total rebates claimed.

But on a per capita basis, Bellingen residents are the State's most eco-friendly.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Carmel Tebbutt, congratulated both Wollongong and Bellingen on their environmental achievements.

Ms Tebbutt said that since the rebate program was launched in July, 2007, $29.6 million has been claimed, saving more than one billion litres of water and 49,150 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year.

“Our rebate programs target the biggest water and energy users in the home to help householders save water, energy and emissions,” Ms Tebbutt said“Together, the residential rebates under the Climate Change Fund are the equivalent of saving the water used in more than 30 million showers and taking 10,922 cars off the road for a year.”

Total rebates include 20,061 rebates for rainwater tanks, 7939 for ceiling insulation, 16,802 hot water systems and 5956 washing machines.

The NSW Climate Change Fund rebate program provides:

  • Up to $1500 for rainwater tanks connected to toilets and washing machines;
  • Up to $1200 to switch from an electric to solar, gas or heat-pump hot water systems;
  • Up to $300 to install ceiling insulation; and
  • $150 for washing machines with at least a 4.5-star WELS rating.

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