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FREE Fridge for New South Wales Businesses via NSW ESS Program

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As part of the New South Wales Energy Upgrade and Energy Saver Program, eligible food & beverage businesses can qualify for a FREE display fridge.

For inquiries please fill out the form below.

Switching to new energy efficient equipment can make a huge difference to your business.

The New South Wales Energy Upgrades program is designed to help NSW businesses cut energy bills and reduce green house gas emissions by promoting energy efficient products. The program enables accredited providers like LED SAVES to receive rebates or discounts on approved products – such as our Refrigerated Display Cabinets.

LED SAVES aims to provide support to businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 by helping them save money, while contributing towards Victoria’s 2050 zero net emissions target.

By switching to one of our 10-star energy rating display cabinets, you will be using significantly less energy than older models, save on operational costs and focus on growing your business.

Here are the qualifications

1. Be a registered business and have an active ABN
2. Be operating in a shop, factory or non-residential premise
3. Be a food or drink related business or have genuine reason for use


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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of businesses qualify for a display fridge?

Any range of food a beverage business' can qualify for free fridge scheme, these include:

  • Cafes
  • Takeaway shops
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Bottle Shops
  • Groceries/Convenient stores
  • Supermarkets
  • Veggie/Fruit Shops
  • Meat/Poultry Shops/Butcher shop
  • Gym
  • Florists
  • Sporting Clubs/Accommodation/Educational Institution (Food registration or Liquor licence is must)
  • Event Space (Food registration or Liquor licence is must)

*Food Trucks/Vans are not eligible

What information do I need to qualify?

In order to qualify for a free fridge  you will need to:

  • Be a registered Drinks or Food Related business or have a genuine reason for use.
  • Have an active ABN
  • Be operating in a shop, factory or non-residential premise
  • Show proof of business legitimacy
  • Sporting clubs/Accomodation/Schools/Function Venues ( Must show food registration or liqour licence)

How is it possible that the display fridge is free?

Free fridges are provided by LED SAVES, an accredited provider of the NSW ESS program and Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program. 

These programs are designed to help local businesses cut energy bills and reduce green house gas emissions by promoting energy efficient products. The program enables accredited providers like LED SAVES to receive rebates or discounts on approved products – such as our Refrigerated Display Cabinets.

Will I be liable for installation costs?

You will not be liable for installation costs. The installation requirements now require that the activity, including the removal of any existing EUE (where applicable), be performed or supervised by a suitably qualified licence holder in compliance with the relevant standards and legislation.

What is NSW Energy Upgrade Program?

The Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) provides NSW businesses with financial incentives to invest in projects which will reduce their energy consumption. Incentives are available to install new equipment or modify a current system.

Any work undertaken must be done in conjunction with a government-approved supplier. These approved suppliers are known as Accredited Certificate Providers (ACP’s). An ACP will explain the process and assist you to get the incentive.

The ACP will calculate the potential energy saved with a proposed upgrade. This energy saving is then converted into Energy Saving Certificates (ESC’s) which are sold to an energy retailer.

Some of the money from selling the ESC’s is then returned to your business. The more energy saved, the greater the return.

Save money on your energy bills.

The Australian government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and are providing access to discounted energy-efficient products and services to business and residents across Australia.

One of the easiest ways you can make a difference to Australia’s carbon footprint is by looking at how you use energy in your home or business. Upgrading your inefficient appliances to more sustainable options can collectively impact the reduction of greenhouse gas, and that’s good news for us all.

Things you need to know about New ESS Rules

1 Activities F1.1 and F1.2 will replace activity F1

The New ESS Rule replaces the existing Activity Definition F1 – Install a New High Efficiency Refrigerated Cabinet or Replace an Existing Refrigerated Display Cabinet with two new Activity 
• Activity Definition F1.1 – Install a New High Efficiency Refrigerated Cabinet, and
• Activity Definition F1.2 – Replace an Existing Refrigerated Display Cabinet

Activity Definition F1.1 must be used for new installations and cannot be used for a replacement installation. Activity Definition F1.2 must be used for a replacement installation.

A new installation occurs when the refrigerated cabinet is installed, where there is:
• No existing End-User Equipment (EUE) of the same type, function, output or service (such as where there is no existing refrigerated display/storage capacity), or
• Existing EUE of the same type, function, output or service, but the new refrigerated cabinet will not replace this EUE (such as where the new EUE works together with the existing EUE to provide additional capacity). 

2 A minimum co-payment requirement applies to activities F1.1 and F1.2

For activities F1.1 and F1.2, the New ESS Rule requires the purchaser to have paid a net amount of at least $250 (excl. GST) per installed RC (new or replacement) for the implementation and other associated works carried out at the site (minimum co-payment). This amount cannot be reimbursed and must be evidenced to the satisfaction of the Scheme Administrator. 

The purchaser is the person who purchases or leases the goods or services that enable the energy savings to be made. For activities F1.1 and F1.2 the purchaser would typically be theperson who purchases or leases the efficient RC. However, the purchaser cannot be:
• an ACP unless it will be installed at their own site, or
• any person who purchases or leases the equipment for the purpose of reselling that equipment

3 IHEAB cannot be used for residential activities

As of 1 August 2022, the New Rule clarifies that the IHEAB method cannot be used to calculate the energy savings from activities undertaken at a residential building. However, a limited exemption to this requirement applies to some activity definitions, typically in relation to the common areas of apartment buildings. The exemptions are specified in the eligibility criteria for the relevant activity definition.

A residential building is a building or part of a building classified under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) as Class 1, 2 or 4 building (including any BCA Class 10a building or Class 10b structure) on the same site. The HEER method includes several similar activities to the IHEAB method and is intended for use with residential buildings.

4 Updated documentation is available

We have updated our ESS documentation to ensure consistency with the New ESS Rule.

5 Commencement and transitional arrangements

The New ESS Rule, including Activity Definitions F1.1 and F1.2, commences on 1 August 2022. The New ESS Rule includes several transitional arrangements to assist ACPs and their customers transition to the new requirement.

6 Refrigerated cabinets remain a compliance focus

The installation of refrigerated cabinets has been identified as a compliance priority and is subject to increased compliance monitoring and escalated enforcement action. ACPs should be aware that we are closely scrutinizing installation evidence to verify nominations of ACPs by purchasers and evidence which demonstrates that RCs have been properly installed.

Following commencement of the New ESS Rule, this will also include verification of the minimum co-payment or verification of an existing contractual arrangement. This will include interviews with purchasers and conducting site inspections. You will be unable to create ESCs in situations where and ACP has not been properly nominated as the energy saver for the installation or where the RC has not been properly installed.

Further, we note that the Crimes Act 1900 provides serious penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment for making, possessing or using a false document (including altering a genuine document) for the purpose of obtaining a financial benefit. ACPs are accountable for the actions of their agents and contractors. We will act against ACPs that break the rules or fail to control the conduct of their agents or contractors.

The Scheme Administrator can have regard to the standard of honesty and integrity shown in previous commercial dealings by a person and its associates in deciding whether that person is eligible to be (or remain) accredited. We encourage ACPs to share this notice with their agents and contractors

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