Photo of solar panels on a roof

We partner with a number of community groups to help you reduce your energy use and switch to renewable options. For more information on practical energy saving tips and advice you can visit Edendale Community Environment Farm.  

Clean Energy Nillumbik

Clean Energy Nillumbik (CEN) is a volunteer led community group committed to accelerating the transition to renewables in the green wedge shire. CEN started in 2017 with a strategy to have 100% of Nillumbik’s buildings powered by renewable energy by 2028. 

Reverse cycle unit bulk buy 

As part of the Practically Green series of events, Clean Energy Nillumbik recently launched a bulk purchase of efficient heating and cooling. 
Information sessions have been recorded  and will help you gain greater understanding of the technology and learn more about the offers and benefits for you. 

Community Bulk Purchase Program | CleanEnergyNillumbik 


Solar Electricity

Solar Savers bulk-buy program. 

Nillumbik residents and businesses can now access affordable, high quality solar through the new local government-supported Solar Savers bulk-buy program.  Council knows that householders want solar energy but are put off by upfront costs and the complexities of getting the right system.  

Benefits of Solar Savers bulk-buy program 

There are many benefits to the bulk-buy program including: 

  • It makes it easier and more affordable for you to install a quality home solar system  

  • The program uses selected, reliable and accredited electricians as the installers 

  • You get a high-end solar system installed at an affordable rate 

  • For pensioners and low-income households - you can access a low-interest loan. 

By joining the program and installing solar you will 

  • Cut your energy bills 

  • Reduce your environmental impact 

  • And, it will give you greater peace of mind against future electricity price rises. 

Apply to participate in Solar Savers bulk-buy program  

If your home energy use is high during the day, you can also find out how you can reduce your cost of living with solar power. 

Register now for solar bulk-buy at 


Australian Energy Foundation

Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide our residents with free, expert advice on how to reduce energy consumption and avoid hefty bills. 

Find out about: 

  • Solar Panels & Battery Storage: Thinking of powering your home with solar energy? Using satellite imagery, our energy advisors can help you determine whether your property is suitable for solar panels or solar batteries. 
  • Draught-Proofing: Find out how sealing up gaps and cracks can improve thermal efficiency in your home and keep your energy costs down. 
  • Insulation: Proper insulation ensures a comfortable temperature in your home. We can help you find out how to check whether you have enough insulation in your home and what solutions you can look into if you don’t. 
  • Heating & Cooling: From split systems and fans to ducted heating and fire places, our complete air conditioner and energy efficient heater guides will help you keep your home comfortable, whatever the season. 
  • Hot Water: Is your hot water system due for an upgrade? We can help you discover efficient systems such as hot water heat pumps so you can cut costs without sacrificing on comfort or convenience. 
  • Windows: Can curtains and blinds improve energy efficiency? Do window films really work? Our energy advisor can help you understand your options and prepare your windows in time for winter. 

Referrals to fully vetted suppliers: Want a quote from a reputable supplier? AEF runs a rigorous procurement process so you can make your home efficient with ease and confidence 

Visit the Australian Energy Foundation website to learn about all the things you can do in your home. 


Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard

The Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard is changing the way Victorians understand and manage their home’s energy performance. 

This Australian-first program rates the energy efficiency and hot weather performance of your home and provides tailored recommendations for home upgrade improvements. 

A Scorecard assessment of your home provides you with an overall star rating out of 10 that represents the average cost of energy for your home. The assessment also provides a way of knowing where the majority of energy is used in your home and considers fixed appliances such as heating, cooling and hot water appliances, as well as the construction and design of your home. 

Further Information : All Scorecard Assessors are accredited through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Get a Home Energy Assessment or visit 

For more information contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 9433 3214 


Conduct an Energy Audit

Audit the energy use of all your appliances with a power meter to see how energy use in your home stacks up. You can borrow a Sustainable Home Audit Kit through both Eltham and Diamond Valley Libraries. Borrow here.