Knowing what to look for, and finding the right person for the job can be difficult. Many people are keen to use local businesses, so we’ve listed relevant local suppliers and provided some important questions to help you choose a supplier to meet your needs.

Selecting a Supplier

 

Here are a few things to check off before selecting a supplier:

  • Check online for independent reviews or ask a friend who might have used the installer before. Solar Quotes is one such site that hosts customer reviews on solar providers.
  • Source multiple quotes to compare components such as price, products and warranties.
  • Check how long the supplier has been in operation and ask for local examples of work they have completed.

It is important to make sure contractors have all the right accreditation and insurances as well as ensuring they provide appropriate warranties on both the products they provide and on the installation/workmanship. Some key information and questions to ask are provided below.

 

 

Find a Supplier

 

Follow the links below to find a supplier on Council’s local business directory, Localised. The directory includes organisations who have met the following conditions:

  • Registered with Localised
  • Have a registered business in the G21 region (Surf Coast, Colac Otway, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong and Queenscliff)
  • Provide services within the Surf Coast Shire
  • Provide services relevant to the specific action category

Can’t find what you’re looking for? 

Localised is a growing directory, so we might not have everyone you need yet. If you need to search more broadly then don’t forget to keep the ‘Selecting a Supplier’ tips in mind.

Alternatively, if there is a local business that isn’t yet on the directory, then let us know. We’re keen to grow our directory of local businesses!

Users must note that Council has conducted no further due diligence activities on these suppliers and does not endorse or guarantee the suppliers. The lists do not constitute a ‘recommended supplier list’ and Surf Coast Shire Council recommends that you undertake your own due diligence and seek independent references prior to using any of these suppliers.

The directory is not a full list of all businesses in the region and we encourage businesses not currently listed to register their details for inclusion. 

Lighting

Skylights

Skylights are an easy way to get more natural light into your home. Follow the link below to find local suppliers that can help you install a skylight.  

Find Skylight Installers

LED Lighting

 

LED lights are the most energy efficient light bulbs available. You can simply change these over yourself or find a local electrician to assist.

Incentives may be available through the Victorian Energy Saver program. Follow the link below to see if there is an accredited provided servicing your area.

Find LED Lighting Installers    Find Funding Options

Hot Water

Water Efficient Plumbing Solutions

Making sure you’re using your hot water efficiently will help to reduce the cost of your hot water system. Contact your local plumber to see how they can assist with installing water efficient fixtures, fixing leaks or insulating your hot water pipes.

Find Local Plumbers

Solar Hot Water

  • Make sure you speak to the supplier about your water usage and get the right size system for you.
  • Ensure you install the system close to where you are using the water to reduce heat loss.
  • Ensure all plumbing is carried out by a licensed plumber and request a certificate of compliance.
  • Ensure all electrical work for the installation of electric heating elements and pumps is carried out by a registered electrical contractor and request a certificate of electrical safety.
  • A minimum 5 year warranty should be provided for all major components of your solar hot water system
  • Pick a hot water system  that is on the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) Register of approved products and the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) Registered Products list

Head to Sustainability Victoria’s website for a full list of tips to consider prior to installation. The Victorian Energy Upgrades program, Small-Scale Technology Certificates and Solar Homes program are all providing financial incentives for solar hot water systems. Follow the funding options link below to find out more.

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Hot Water Heat Pumps

  • Make sure you speak to the supplier about your water usage and get the right size system for you.
  • Ensure you install the system close to where you are using the water to reduce heat loss.
  • Pick a hot water system  that is on the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) Register of approved products and the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) Registered Products list
  • Ensure all plumbing is carried out by a licensed plumber and request a certificate of compliance.
  • Ensure all electrical work for the installation of electric heating elements and pumps is carried out by a registered electrical contractor and request a certificate of electrical safety.
  • A minimum warranty of 5 years on all major components of the hot water heat pump and  2 years for labour is recommended

Head to Sustainability Victoria’s website for a full list of tips to consider prior to installation. The Victorian Energy Upgrades program, Small-Scale Technology Certificates and Solar Homes package are all providing financial incentives for hot water heat pumps. Follow the funding options link below to find out more.

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Heating and Cooling

Ceiling Fans

Follow the link below to find a local ceiling fan installer.

Find Ceiling Fan Installers

Curtains, Blinds and External Shading

The use of curtains, blinds and external shading is an easy way to manage the amount of heat coming in during summer and the amount lost during winter.

Find Curtain, Blind and External Shade Installers

 

Draught Proofing

Many draughts can be blocked as a DIY job, but you can always get a local installer out to help.

Find Draught Proofing Installers

Double Glazed Windows

If purchasing new windows, consider the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) which gives a star rating to a window’s glazing and frame energy performance, making it easier to compare different efficiency of windows.

Existing windows can also be retrofitted to secondary glazing or an insulative film, so speak to your local installer about what option is right for you.

Find Double Glazed Window Installers

 

Insulation

Installing insulation, especially in the ceiling, can be a dangerous job. Consider your options and ability carefully and if you are intending to install it yourself, keep in mind Sustainability Victoria’s preparation and safety tips.

The R value of insulation is a measure of a material’s resistance to heat flow (known as thermal resistance). The higher the R value, the greater the resistance to heat transfer, the greater the insulating effect and the greater the energy (and therefore money) savings. Bulk insulation products which have the same R value will provide exactly the same insulating effect as each other, provided they are correctly installed, making it easy for you to compare different products, regardless of thickness or the type of material

If you’re using a local installer, make sure they’re able to advice you on the appropriate safety precautions, including fire prevention measures.

Contractors should be an ICANZ or CEC Accredited insulation installer.

If installed properly, insulation products should have a product serviceable life of fifty years and products with a defect warranty of 50 years are recommended.

Find Insulation Installers

Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner

Use the air conditioner’s energy rating label to compare the efficiency of different models. The cooling efficiency is shown in the blue band and the heating efficiency is shown in the red band. The more stars, the more energy and money you will save.

Speak to your installer to make sure you get a system that is the right size for the area you’ll be heating and cooling. Incentives may be available through the Victorian Energy Saver program. Follow the link below to see if there is an accredited provided servicing your area.

It is recommended to seek a minimum 5 year warranty against defects in design, materials and workmanship.

All works should be carried out by accredited plumbers and electricians and VBA plumbing standards compliance certificates and Electrical Safety Certificates should be received post installation.

Find Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner Installers      Find Funding Options

Powering Your Home

Solar Panels

There are a number of solar providers in the market, so we’ve provided you with some objective criteria below to assist when selecting a provider:

  • Have they been in business for a minimum of 4 years?
  • Do they have a demonstrated customer feedback mechanism?
  • Are they a Clean Energy Council approved solar retailer and accredited installer?
  • Do they use Clean Energy Council accredited products?
  • Have they had any Clean Energy Regulator Enforceable Undertakings?
  • Do they provides a minimum 5 year warranty period on workmanship and 10 year warranty on products (solar panels and inverters)?

There are currently financial incentives through the Victorian Government Solar Homes program, Small-Scale Technology Certificates and the Solar Feed-In Tariff. Follow the link to funding below for further information.

Find Solar Panel Providers     Find Funding Options

Energy Storage

Providers of energy storage systems is similar to solar PV, however it is important to ensure they are accredited for the design and installation of battery systems:

  • Have they been in business for a minimum of 4 years?
  • Do they have a demonstrated customer feedback mechanism?
  • Are they a Clean Energy Council approved installer?
  • Are they Clean Energy Council endorsed to install grid-connected battery storage?
  • Do they use Clean Energy Council approved products?
  • Have they had any Clean Energy Regulator Enforceable Undertakings?
  • Do they provides a minimum 5 year warranty period on workmanship and ten year product warranty?

The leading battery chemistry at the moment is lithium ion. In fact, once you start getting quotes, you’ll notice that most of the brands that are offered to you are this type. This is due to the fact that there are many reputable manufacturers producing these batteries. They are also safe, lighter than other batteries, low maintenance, don’t emit hydrogen gas and also have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. There are also other chemistries available, such as flow batteries, but these are not nearly as common yet.

The Victorian Government recently announced that eligible homeowners will be able to save up to $4,838 on the installation of a battery storage unit as part of their Solar Homes program. Further details are yet to be announced, so watch our Funding Options page for announcements.

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