The latest news in water and energy savings: PJT Green Plumbing
29 February, 2012
Goodbye Solar Hot Water (thanks, Julia)
The Federal rebate scheme for solar hot water systems has been abruptly axed by the Gillard government.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, has announced the closure of the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme.
The Federal scheme provided rebates of $1,000 to replace old electric HWS with a solar hot water system or $600 to install a heat pump hot water system.
The systems must have been installed, ordered (and a deposit paid) or purchased on or before 28 February 2012. Applications lodged up to 30 June 2012 will continue to be processed.
Solar and heat pump hot water systems are still eligible for Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificates plus Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs), which are usually exchanged for point-of-sale discounts on systems.
Victorian Government rebates for replacing old gas HWS with Solar HWS of up to $1500 are also still available
1 Sept, 2011
Drought to return?
Melbourne got off to a wet start to this year, but the dry weather seems to have returned with only 18mm of rainfall recorded in August, 2011. That's 65% below average! Melbourne's dam levels are still only around 60% full and the main catchment Thomson Dam is still well below half full. Help reduce the burden on our precious drinking water by installing a water tank in your home or business today.
30 April, 2010
Going Green Expo - Melbourne.
CONGRATULATIONS, C. GILMOUR OF EAST BENTLEIGH, WHO WON A TANK and PUMP PACKAGE!
PJT Green Plumbing will be exhibiting at the Going Green Expo from 30th April to 2nd May, 2010 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The expo provides the latest news and information for green living and sustainable commercial developments. Our stand will include information about our products and installation services of Hills Solar Evacuated Tube Solar Hot Water systems, Rainwater Tanks and Grey Water Diverters.
16th April, 2010
Salvo's Recycle More Than Old Clothing.
The Salvation Army have engaged PJT Green Plumbing to install a rain water harvesting system for toilet flushing at their Salvos Store, Warehouse and Administration building at Noble Park, Victoria. The system comprises three Team Poly tank connected to the toilets with an automated pump with mains water back-up system. The Salvo's have also installed water saving devices to help reduce demand on drinking water. The measures are expected to save up to 90% of the water usage at the location.
22nd March, 2010
Carlton Baths Get New Water.
The popular swimming pool at Carlton Baths Community Centre will soon have a rainwater harvesting system installed by PJT Green Plumbing. The system will comprise two Tankworks steel tanks with an automated pump system to provide pool top-up water. The systems is expected to save the centre at least 350,000L of potable drinking water each year.
19th February, 2010
Federal Solar Hot Water Rebate Changes.
The Federal Government has announced that the rebates for solar hot water and heat pumps have changed. The Federal rebate for replacing an old electric water heater with a solar hot water system is now $1000 and $600 for a heat pump (State rebates, RECs and VEECs are unchanged at this stage).
Green Loans have also been scrapped from 22nd March, 2010.
13th October, 2009
Green Plumbers Awards.
PJT Green Plumbing is proud to be voted the Winner of the 2009 Green Plumbers Awards - Domestic Retro-fit Project. PJT Green Plumbing was also a finalist for the Commercial Project Award and Paul Talbot was a finalist for the Green Plumber of the Year Award.
30th September, 2009
Water Tank Donated to Kinglake Temporary Village.
PJT Green Plumbing organised a steel water tank for the community structure at Kinglake Temporary Village constructed by architecture students of Monash Uni for the victims of the 2009 bushfires. The tank kindly donated by Tankworks, will be used by residents as a water supply at the community structure. The open air structure features innovative design, indoor/outdoor seating, bbq's and a fire pit. The community structure was completed by volunteer hard work by the students largely using salvaged an donated materials.
4th September, 2009
Solar Hot Water Rebate extended.
The Federal Government has extended the rebate for solar hot water installation to victims of the devastating 2009 Victorian bushfires. PJT Green Plumbing applauds the decision which will help those who have suffered a major loss to rebuild using energy saving technologies. PJT Green Plumbing has been actively pursuing the government to provide this assistance since attending the bushfire reconstruction expo at Whittlesea in May, 2009 where many people who lost their homes showed strong interest in our solar hot water system and heat pumps.
8th June, 2009
Solar Energy Rebate ends.
The Federal Government has ended the $8000 rebate for PV solar electricity collectors. This action has no effect on the eligible rebates for solar hot water systems and it only relates to solar electricity. The government rebates, RECs and VEECs of up to $4000 are still available for solar hot water systems and PJT Green Plumbing can advise you of the rebates that will applicable to your new solar hot water system.
5th May, 2009
2009 Victorian Bushfire Rebuilding Expo.
PJT Green Plumbing has been invited to the Bushfire Rebuilding Expo to be held at Whittlesea Showgrounds on Sat 23rd May, 2009. The Expo is being held by the City of Whittlesea to help those families who lost their homes in the devastating fires with information about the rebuilding process. We will be located alongside other businesses with a shared objective of assisting with the reconstruction of fire affected communities. More information about the Expo can be gained at http://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/
7th April, 2009
The Brumby Government has called on Victorians to consider spending their Commonwealth Stimulus payments on solar hotwater systems and other investments that cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings said the stimulus payments, combined with Brumby Government rebates are a great opportunity for households to make a long-term difference to their energy and water bills. “The Brumby Government is taking action to help Victorians to do their bit for the environment and tackle climate change through rebates on solar hotwater systems and rainwater tanks,” Mr Jennings said.
“Most Victorians will receive a payment of either $600 or $900. If this money is combined with one of the Brumby Government’s rebates the benefit to each Victorian household will last longer through lower water and energy bills.
“I would urge families to think about how they can help to stimulate the Australian economy, support Victorian jobs including manufacturers, suppliers and tradespeople as well as protecting Victoria's environment and preparing for the carbon-constrained economy of the future.
To make the $600 or $900 stimulus payments go further:
• Regional Victorian households could combine a stimulus payment with a State rebate of up to $2500 to install a solar system – meaning the conversion could cost the household next to nothing;
• Families in Melbourne could combine a stimulus payment with a State rebate of up to $1500 and replace a natural gas or LPG water heater with a gas-boosted solar system;
• Add a stimulus payment to a State rebate of up to $1000 for a large rainwater tank connected to their toilet and laundry. This will cut their water use, and help support Victorian plumbers and retailers.
24th February, 2009
PJT Green Plumbing commences quotations for BER National School Pride Program
The commonwealth Government has committed funding which includes refurbishments and the installation of water tanks in schools for watering the schools gardens and sporting grounds. PJT Green Plumbing has experience in supplying and installing water tanks for a number of Victorian Schools.
21st February, 2009
PJT Green Plumbing commits resources to helping the reconstruction effort following the 2009 Victorian bush fires
PJT Green Plumbing is registered with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to assist in the reconstruction of destroyed schools. PJT Green Plumbing is also registered with Volunteering Australia and the Building Commission to help with the reconstruction process of houses and other buildings.
24th February 2009
The Rudd Government announces $14.7 billion Building The Education Revolution (BER)
Part of the BER is the National School Pride Program which includes funding for infrastructure projects like refurbishment of buildings, construction of shade structures and green upgrades like water tanks. This program s available for all schools in Australia, government and non-government. PJT Green Plumbing supports this program and can provide your school with a quote for water tanks. Contact us or visit http://www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au
2nd February, 2009
The Rudd Government announces new rebates for rainwater tanks for Australian householder
As part of the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative, the new rebates provide additional incentives of up to $500 to install rainwater tanks which are connected to toilets or laundries. Installations must be completed by a licensed plumber. The new rebates are in addition to current State rebate schemes. Visit http://www.environment.gov.au/water