In addition to the benefits to the environment, choosing to install and use green products can also increase your property’s value and appeal.

A recent global study found that when it comes to buying or building a home, sustainability is an important purchase criteria for 66% of buyers.

So, investing in an eco-upgrade can be beneficial in three ways:

  • Reduces your impact on the environment
  • Ongoing savings on your energy bills
  • Added appeal and value to your home.

Best of all, you may qualify for a heavily discounted loan on money borrowed to fund eco-upgrades with the CommBank Green Loan.

How can you make your home more energy efficient?

There are a few ways you can reduce both your impact on the environment and your household bills at the same time.

Customers with an eligible CommBank home loan or investment home loan can apply for the CommBank Green Loan to buy and install eligible clean energy products such as solar panels, battery packs and solar hot water systems at the property secured by their existing home loan.

Solar panels

A set of solar panels on the roof can generate an instant return on investment by way of reduced electricity bills. Research from Canstar Blue found the average household with solar panels received a saving of $236 a quarter, or almost $1,000 a year.

Battery pack

If you want to supercharge your solar system, consider installing a battery pack or battery storage, such as the Tesla Powerwall or Sonnen Battery System. This works in conjunction with your home's solar panel system to store the solar energy you produce but don’t use; currently, this energy gets sent back to the grid.

Electric vehicle charging

A standard residential plug socket is the slowest way to charge an electric vehicle. So if you’re investing in an electric vehicle (EV), it’s worth considering investing in a wall-mounted EV charge station, too.

Green energy supply

Renewables are now the cheapest form of energy. Sign up for greener (and cheaper) energy supply, such as Amber, who offer direct wholesale energy rates to customers. With Amber, you get access to the wholesale energy price so you can take advantage of this and do right by the planet and your pocket. 

Solar hot water system

Government estimates suggest that a solar hot water system (SHWS) could provide 50%-90% of your hot water needs, which is why a SHWS or a heat pump can help to significantly lower your ongoing energy bills.

Paying for your eco-upgrades

You may need finance to make some of these positive environmental decisions feasible, which is where the ​​CommBank Green Loan can help. For eligible home loan customers, this is an additional loan that can be used to purchase and install eligible clean energy products to your property.

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Things you should know

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. As this information has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should, before acting on this, consider the appropriateness to your circumstances. 

Applications are subject to credit approval, satisfactory security and minimum requirements. Full terms and conditions will be set out in our loan offer, if an offer is made. Fees and charges are payable.