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We partner with community groups and government agencies to help you reduce your energy use, switch to renewable options and upgrade to an all electric home.


Learn how to increase your home comfort, reduce your bills and help the climate at the EnergyTips website.

Get some helpful winter energy saving tips and summer energy saving tips.

You can also chat to Council's Sustainability Officers by attending a drop-in session or booking an appointment through the Energy and Sustainable Living Advisory Service.

If you hold a Commonwealth Government Concession Card or are struggling to pay your energy bills you can access free one-on-one support by phoning 1800 161 215 or in person through the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action's Energy Assistance Program.

Your Go Electric Plan

Use this action plan to help you make the move to an all electric home. 

Your Go Electric Plan

Download the Nillumbik electric home planner(PDF, 121KB)

Other useful websites

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, CEN 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.

Find out more about the Community Bulk Purchase Program.

Solar electricity

Switching your household or business to renewable energy is key to addressing climate change. You can do this through installing solar panels and/or purchasing renewable energy from the grid through an electricity provider.

For those looking to install solar panels or batteries, SolarQuotes is a great place to start. There are rebates available to reduce the price of the system, which will generally be taken into account in the price you are quoted - be sure to check this with the provider at SolarQuotes.

To purchase renewable energy outright, visit Greenpower. This is recommended even if you have solar panels, for when the sun isn't shining.

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. 

Download an example Residential Efficiency Scorecard Certificate(PDF, 1MB)

Further information

All Scorecard Assessors are accredited through the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.

Find a Scorecard Assessor and book a Home Energy Assessment at There are plenty of assessors to choose from, including local Nillumbik businesses. 

For more information contact Council’s Sustainability team on 9433 3111. 

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 Eltham and Diamond Valley libraries.