Green home loans

Green trees everywhere.Reduce your environmental footprint and increase your savings with a green home loan.

Green home loans are designed to encourage borrowers to buy, build or improve their homes in an environmentally friendly way. They typically offer discounted interest rates for houses that are energy efficient, and lessen their environmental footprint.

What's the criteria for a "green" home?

Some lenders will reward you with lower interest rates if your house meets a certain criteria that includes:

  • Solar panels
  • Double glazing
  • Water storage tanks
  • An alternative power supply
  • Insulation

Be sure to check with each lender what you need to be eligible for their green home loan.

Which lenders offer green home loans?

Most Australian lenders don't have specific mortgages for green properties, but there are several smaller lenders who do.

Below are some green home loans available at the time of writing.

  • Regional Australia Bank Sustainable Home Loan. This is a variable rate mortgage that offers incentives for borrowers pursuing sustainable housing who meet the lender's criteria.
  • Bendigo Bank Green Home Loan. If you can demonstrate that your building or renovation project is environmentally sustainable you can receive an interest rate discount.
  • Hunter United Green Home Loan. You can qualify for this loan if your home has at least three sustainable features, such as solar power, double glazing or a water tank.
  • Maleny Credit Union Advantage Plus Home Loan - Special Rate. This small Queensland credit union offers a 0.15% interest rate discount on its Advantage Plus Home Loan if your home satisfies three of sustainable criteria.
  • Bank Australia. While this customer owned bank doesn't offer a specific green mortgage product the entire company is committed to sustainable, environmentally-conscious investments. Bank Australia claims to have been carbon neutral since 2011 and puts some of its profits towards a conservation reserve and other environmental and socially conscious projects.

A green discount does not mean the cheapest rate

  • Keep in mind that the discounted rates for green home loans don't necessarily make these products cheaper than other mortgages. If your priority is saving money on repayments with a cheaper mortgage then a green home loan might not be your best option.

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What else do I need to know about green home loans?

Pros

  • Reduce your environmental footprint. The most obvious benefit of these loans is that you will be able to contribute to a more sustainable future, reducing your environmental impact.
  • Interest rate discounts. The main draw card of a green home loan is that you are rewarded with lower interest rates in return for your choice to make your house environmentally friendly. But be aware that these interest rates may not
  • Lower bills. By switching to more energy efficient power options, you could potentially save more on your electricity and water bills.

Cons

  • Strict criteria. Most green loans have a very strict and specific criteria your house will have to meet in order to be eligible. The criteria will differ from lender to lender, and the less environmentally friendly tools your house has, the small array of lenders you will have to choose from.
  • Fees and charges. As with any loan, be aware of fees such as redraw facility charges.

Note: The Green Loan Scheme

The Green Loan Scheme was established to encourage Australian residents to reduce their environmental footprint by installing solar panels and other tools in order to reduce water and energy consumption. The scheme has now been abolished by the Australian Government, however, many banks are still encouraging a 'greener' approach through their own special offers and incentives.

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Low variable rate mortgage for owner occupiers looking to switch. Refinancers only.
3.59%
3.61%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a low interest rate loan with no ongoing fees. Plus you can make extra repayments and free redraw online. Available with just a 10% deposit.
3.59%
3.59%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Enjoy flexible repayments, a redraw facility and the ability to split your loan. Plus, pay no application or ongoing fees.
3.59%
4.54%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Home buyers can lock in a very competitive fixed interest rate for 2 years.
3.80%
3.82%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
This low, variable rate loan has no ongoing fees and a redraw facility. Requires a 20% deposit.
3.57%
3.58%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a very low interest rate and pay no application, settlement or valuation fees. Apply online for full approval in real time and add a 100% offset account for $10 a month. $1,000 cashback offer.
3.69%
3.78%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
Get a low interest rate and a mortgage with flexible, basic features. No application or ongoing fees. Requires a 30% deposit.
3.64%
4.63%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Low fixed rate loan for home buyers. Available with a 10% deposit. 100% offset account attached.
3.49%
3.53%
$250
$0 p.a.
80%
A very low variable interest rate for borrowers with a 20% deposit. Add a 100% offset account for $10 a month.
3.79%
3.79%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Competitive, flexible rate mortgage with simple features and low fees. Low deposit option available. VIC state wide only
3.87%
4.30%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Unlock a range of savings with this competitive package home loan offer. Offset account and redraw facility included.
3.85%
4.17%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Get a 100% offset account and a competitive, variable interest rate, plus no application fee.
3.64%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A simple mortgage with a competitive interest rate and no application or monthly fees. Borrow up to $2000000 from a convenient online lender.
3.67%
3.69%
$600
$0 p.a.
80%
Family guarantee option available. Enjoy flexible repayments and a low minimum loan amount.
3.79%
3.79%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Access an offset account and pay no application or ongoing fees on this special variable rate for owner-occupiers.
3.49%
3.49%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Get a very low variable rate and avoid large fees when buying a home. Requires a 20% deposit. Fee waivers for eligible refinancers.
4.09%
4.41%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Investors can enjoy a 100% offset account, a redraw facility and flexible repayments.
3.69%
3.69%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A low deposit mortgage with a competitive rate and plenty of flexibility. QLD residents only. Eligible borrowers can get a 15% discount on home and contents insurance for the life of their loan.
3.97%
3.99%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
This variable rate loan keeps the features simple and fees low. This loan is offered by a 100% online lender.
3.99%
3.98%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive variable mortgage for investors looking to refinance. Principal and interest repayments. Refinancers only.
3.49%
4.58%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Loans over $150000 get a discount off an already low fixed rate. Available for NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.70%
3.70%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
A low interest rate home loan with no application or ongoing fees.
3.69%
3.72%
$445
$0 p.a.
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. Get a special discount for a limited time when you open an IMB Transaction Account.
3.59%
3.62%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
This mortgage combines a very sharp interest rate with a 100% offset account and it's available with a 5% deposit.
4.09%
3.77%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Variable interest only mortgage for owner occupied refinancers. Refinancers only.
3.69%
4.21%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Get a low discounted rate for 2 years plus a 100% offset account. And you can get the loan with a 10% deposit.
3.75%
3.91%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Buy your home and lock in a low rate for the first two years. Available with a 10% deposit.
3.81%
3.81%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
A simple mortgage with no application or ongoing fees that has extra repayments plus split and redraw options. Requires a 30% deposit.
3.74%
4.49%
$445
$6 monthly ($72 p.a.)
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. 3 years fixed interest terms and free access to redraw facility online.
3.86%
3.86%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Low fee loan with extra repayments. Pay no application and ongoing fees and take advantage of split and redraw options.
3.69%
4.48%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
This fixed rate loan includes a special offer for new lending of $150000 with an LVR of 90% or less. Offer extended.
3.73%
3.87%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
Earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points with this mortgage to spend on flights and more (for a limited time, subject to eligibility requirements). Redraw facility available on this variable rate home loan. Competitive interest rate.
3.72%
3.72%
$0
$0 p.a.
110%
Pay no deposit or LMI and get a discounted rate with this family pledge loan. Requires a family member to act as guarantor. NSW, Qld and ACT only.
3.89%
5.24%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
A flexible, competitive fixed rate loan that allows for extra repayments.
3.69%
3.83%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
Earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points on your mortgage (subject to eligibility requirements). Plus, access a 100% offset account to save on interest.
3.76%
3.76%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
Get a discount for keeping your LVR at 70% or below with this innovative online lender.
3.69%
4.09%
$600
$395 p.a.
95%
Get interest rate discounts and waived fees on this package loan with a 100% offset account. $500 cashback offer for first homebuyers borrowing over 80% and paying LMI.
3.99%
4.15%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
Take advantage of a basic no-frills home loan with extra repayments and fee free redraw.
3.69%
3.90%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Get Velocity Frequent Flyer Points at settlement, monthly and every three years, plus the option to make up to $10,000 a year in extra repayments.
3.85%
4.18%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Apply for Easy Street fixed rate home loans and get a competitive loan with a fixed interest rate.
3.90%
3.90%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no application or ongoing fees and get access to a free redraw facility with this innovative online lender.
3.64%
3.59%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Fast, 100% online application process. Very limited fees. Optional offset account (with fee). $1,000 cashback offer.
3.72%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Low fee, competitive variable mortgage. Save on interest with a 100% offset account.
3.59%
4.14%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A one year fixed rate offer with no ongoing bank fees.
3.81%
4.06%
$0
$248 p.a.
70%
Borrowers with a 30% deposit can get this competitive rate. Cut down on interest costs with a 100% offset account.
3.97%
3.99%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Package your owner occupied loan with investment loan and receive a discounted investment rate. 100% offset account included.
3.76%
3.96%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
Enjoy all the benefits of the Basic Home Loan and take advantage of an offset account.
3.74%
4.01%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive fixed interest rate product with no ongoing bank fees.
4.10%
4.10%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
Investors with a 30% deposit can get this low rate loan to fund their property portfolio. Take advantage of split and redraw facilities.
4.29%
4.31%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors will pay no application or ongoing fees for this interest-only loan.
3.99%
4.44%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no ongoing fees on this investment loan fixed for 3 years.
4.34%
4.34%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors get a 100% offset account and pay no application or ongoing fees on this loan from an innovative online lender.
4.29%
4.30%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A competitive 3-year fixed rate loan with a high max insured LVR.
3.99%
3.99%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Get a discounted, low-fee investor loan from a convenient online lender. 20% deposit required.
3.49%
4.37%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A discounted 1 year fixed rate for home buyers that's available with a 10% deposit. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.89%
3.91%
$0
$0 p.a.
85%
Lock in your interest rate for 2 years and enjoy flexibility, an optional offset account and a fast online application process. $1,000 cashback offer.

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    DaleJune 22, 2017

    Hi. I am seeking information about the rates for Green Loans for solar panels please.

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      JhezelynJune 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Dale,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The available green home loans in our page are Hunter United Green Home Loan with a minimum loan amount of $200,000 and gives borrowers a rate discount, Bendigo Bank Green Home Loan with a minimum loan amount of just $5,000 and has a variable interest rate and Southern Cross Credit Union Green Home Loan which can offer you a 0.7% discount off the standard variable rate if your home can achieve a 7 star or above rating according to the Naitionwide House Energy Rating Scheme SCU.

      Hope this information has helped you.

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      Jhezelyn

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