Summer Energy Program

RACV explains how you can support a more sustainable Victoria

  • What is the Summer Energy Program?

    This summer, we’ve partnered with electricity distributers AustNet Services, Powercor and United Energy to encourage householders to participate in the Summery Energy Program.

    The aim of the program is to reduce energy use during peak times – such as extreme heat events – in order to reduce the strain on the grid and improve energy reliability. By doing so, the likelihood of power outages in the state can be reduced.

    Why participate? It’s a win-win situation. Not only will you be doing something good for the community, you can also earn rewards for reducing your energy use.

  • Program details

    Start date: 1 December 2019
    End date: 31 March 2020

How to participate in the Summer Energy Program

  1. 1


    Opt-in by registering your details with your electricity distributor.

  2. 2

    Event notification

    Your electricity distributor will let you know when an event is going to happen and how long it will last.

  3. 3

    Reduce energy use

    Turn off appliances at the power point, close the blinds and put off that load of washing while you ride out the event.

  4. 4

    Post-event follow up

    After each event, your distributor will let you know if you successfully participated.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit your distributor’s website.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit the applicable distributor website for details. 

Quick tips for reducing peak energy consumption


Peak Energy Savings^


Air-conditioners use a lot of power.  Turning off your air-conditioner or setting the temperature higher (for example, 25 degrees rather than 22 degrees) may help you reduce your energy usage by 3 kWh every hour.


Pre-cooling your home before peak times and closing your blinds to stop the sun shining in may also reduce energy use

3 kWh


(Assuming a 3 kW air-conditioner is turned off for 1 hour)


Running your dishwasher outside of peak times may help reduce your energy consumption by around 1 kWh.

1 kWh


(Assuming 1 kWh is used per cycle)

Washing Machine

Washing machines (and dryers) use lots of energy. Not using these during peak energy usage times could reduce your peak energy usage by 1 kWh.

1 kWh


(Assuming 1 kWh is used per cycle) 


Turning off one halogen downlight can be a power saver, potentially saving you .05 kWh per light every hour.

.2 kWh


(Assuming 4 halogen lights are turned off for 1 hour)

Electric Oven

Using an electric oven can use 1 kWh per hour. Try using your oven outside peak energy usage times, or make a meal that doesn’t use the oven – did someone say takeaway pizza? 

1 kWh


(Assuming a 1 kWh oven is not run for 1 hour)

^These savings are indicative only and are dependent on the power consumption of the appliances and energy efficiency of your home.

Frequently asked questions

Who can participate in the Summer Energy Program?

Only householders who live in network constrained areas in the Powercor, United Energy, or AusNet Services electricity distribution zones can participate in the program. Check if you’re eligible to participate by visiting your distributor’s website.

If you area isn't included in one of the partner programs, you can still take steps to reduce peak energy consumption this summer and help the Victorian electricity grid.

What is peak energy usage?

Peak energy usage tends to occur on hot summer days, normally in the late afternoon and evening, when many Victorians are at home and consuming electricity through appliances such as air-conditioners. High electricity usage during extreme weather can place a strain on the electricity grid. 

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