What is REES?

What exactly is REES?

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian Government energy efficiency scheme that provides incentives for South Australian households and businesses to save energy.
It does this through establishing energy efficiency and audit targets to be met by electricity and gas retailers.


REES commenced in 2009 as the Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme, and expanded to become the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme, providing energy efficiency products for the commercial sector, on 1 January 2015.


The Scheme includes energy retailer targets for undertaking energy efficiency activities in Priority Group Households.

Who is Eligible?


South Australian businesses and households may be able to access discounted or free energy efficiency activities.

Commercial / Industrial Premises
Businesses may be eligible for free or REES-discounted LED tube, downlights and/or Highbay replacements.

•  Eligible businesses are those which have not had a REES upgrade undertaken at their address before.

•  Maximum of 900 GJ REES credits available per site.

•  To take advantage of these offers, products must be accredited and installed by an AGL REES-accredited electrician.

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Households may be eligible for free retrofit energy products and/or REES-discounted products such as hot water.

Low income households may also be able to receive a home energy assessment.

REES household activities cannot be be undertaken twice at the same address, except where:


• The occupant has changed and the lights or standby power controllers are no longer in the house; and / or


• Not all products were changed over in a previous visit.

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Priority Group Households

Priority Group Households are those where a person lives who holds one of the following current concession cards:
•  Pension Concession Card issued by the Commonwealth Government

•  TPI or War Widows Gold Repatriation Health Card

•  Gold Repatriation Health Card (EDA)



•  Is eligible to participate in an energy retailer hardship / energy concession program

•  Is a recipient of the South Australian Government Energy Concession

•  Has been referred by a registered member of the South Australian Financial Counselors Association (SAFCA)

If you’re having a hard time paying your home energy bills, our Staying Connected program can help. Please go to our web page for more details.

Government-owned Public or Community residential premises?


For Government-owned Public or Community residential premises, the following REES activities can be delivered, subject to any necessary landlord permission:

•  Building sealing activities

•  Replacement of inefficient lamps with more efficient lamps

•  Replacement of inefficient showerheads with more efficient units

•  Installation of standby power controllers

•  Installation of an energy efficient gas heater or air conditioner (tenant alteration only*)

•  Fridge and freezer retirement

•  Installation of pool pumps

•  Installation and replacement of ductwork (tenant alteration only)

AGL currently does not undertake installation of heaters or air conditioners, pool pumps or replacement ductwork.

Are you in AGL’s SA Energy Affordability initiative?


If you are an AGL customer, have received our free REES home energy assessment and are in our energy Staying Connected program, then you may be eligible for additional free services from AGL.

AGL, through our partnership with Uniting Communities, has a program within the greater Adelaide area (up to 70 km from the CBD) to educate our customers on energy efficiency through the energy assessment, and to assist you in reducing your usage through appliance upgrades. In addition, financial counselling referrals for free services will be made as requested.

For more information, please contact AGL on AffordabilityReferrals@agl.com.au
Funding is limited. This initiative is open until 30 November 2018 or until the funding has been exhausted, whichever occurs first.

*Tenant alterations refer to alterations, additions or any other improvements to the property organised by the tenant at the tenant’s expense subject to any necessary landlord permission.

For more information on the South Australian Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES), please go to the Essential Services Commission of SA website.