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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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
3.09%
3.05%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Low variable rate mortgage for owner occupiers looking to switch. Refinancers only.
3.09%
3.09%
$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.
2.79%
3.95%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Get one of the lowest rates on the market with this fixed rate mortgage. Available with just a 10% deposit. Guarantor option available. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.17%
3.19%
$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.
3.18%
3.21%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
This low, variable rate loan has no ongoing fees and a redraw facility. Requires a 20% deposit.
3.31%
3.37%
$449
$0 p.a.
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. Get a special discount for a limited time when you open an IMB Transaction Account.
3.45%
3.46%
$500 (if over 80% LVR)
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive variable mortgage for home buyers. This loan has flexible repayments and an optional redraw facility.
3.09%
3.12%
$600
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A competitive variable rate for home buyers with a 20% deposit. This product has a 100% offset account.
3.23%
3.56%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Get a 100% offset account and a competitive, variable interest rate, plus no application fee.
3.33%
3.47%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
This flexible, competitive variable rate mortgage comes with a redraw facility. Eligible borrowers can earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points, plus extra bonus points for a limited time.
3.15%
3.17%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
This loan offers a competitive variable rate and a 100% offset account to help save you on interest repayments.
3.27%
3.87%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Lock in a competitive rate for owner occupiers for two years. Comes with a 100% offset account.
3.38%
3.42%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Get a low variable rate from a ANZ and save money with $0 application or ongoing fees. Requires a 20% deposit.
3.64%
3.96%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Investors can enjoy a 100% offset account, a redraw facility and flexible repayments.
3.29%
3.73%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
A low variable rate loan with a 100% offset account and package discounts.
3.09%
3.12%
$600
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
70%
A very low variable interest rate for home buyers with a 30% deposit. This product has a 100% offset account.
2.99%
3.45%
$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. Earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points at settlement, monthly and every three years, plus extra bonus points for a limited time.
3.49%
3.49%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Get a discounted, low-fee investor loan from a convenient online lender. 20% deposit required.
3.72%
3.76%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Buy a home with just a 10% deposit and pay no application or ongoing fees.
2.99%
3.79%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
Get a very low fixed rate for three years and lock in low repayments. Available with a low deposit.
2.99%
3.55%
$449
$6 monthly ($72 p.a.)
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. 2 years fixed interest terms and free access to redraw facility online.
3.49%
3.45%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive variable mortgage for investors looking to refinance. Principal and interest repayments. Refinancers only.
2.99%
3.63%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
Fix your mortgage for 1 year with a very competitive rate and no ongoing fees.
3.39%
4.29%
$600
$395 p.a.
95%
A package loan that offers discounts and a 100% offset account.
3.39%
3.91%
$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.
3.15%
4.16%
$600
$0 p.a.
95%
Lock in a competitive interest rate for 1 year and pay no ongoing fees. Available with just a 5% deposit and includes a 100% offset account.
2.99%
3.42%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
A competitive fixed rate mortgage available with a 10% deposit. Earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points at settlement, monthly and every three years, plus extra bonus points for a limited time.
3.15%
4.07%
$600
$0 p.a.
95%
Fix your rate for the first two years with this competitive, low-fee loan. Includes a 100% offset account. Get this loan with a 5% deposit.
3.15%
3.19%
$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.
3.69%
4.58%
$600
$395 p.a.
95%
A package loan that offers discounts and a 100% offset account.
3.69%
3.88%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
This is a competitive, flexible variable rate suitable for borrowers with a good credit history. Borrow up to 80%.
2.98%
4.25%
$0
$375 p.a.
95%
Get a very low fixed interest rate for two years plus package discounts. Available with a 5% deposit.
3.47%
3.47%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Access an offset account and pay no application or ongoing fees on this special variable rate for owner-occupiers.
3.32%
3.36%
$595
$0 p.a.
90%
A discounted variable rate with low ongoing fees and redraw facility. Low deposit option available.
3.29%
3.92%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Home buyers can lock in a very competitive fixed interest rate for 2 years.
3.59%
3.24%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Variable interest only mortgage for owner occupied refinancers. Refinancers only.
3.39%
3.39%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
This flexible, basic home loan offers a very low rate and you only need a 5% deposit.
3.18%
3.83%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Get a low 3 year fixed rate with a 100% offset account and package discounts.
3.45%
3.47%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Save on interest with a free 100% offset account and buy your property with just a 10% deposit.
3.15%
3.82%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Competitive 3-year rate for homeowners. Comes with a low deposit option and 100% offset account. No ongoing fees.
3.19%
3.85%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
A low fixed rate loan that lets you borrow up to 90% of your property's value.
3.49%
4.06%
$449
$6 monthly ($72 p.a.)
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. A 3 years fixed rate investor which allows extra repayments to be made.
3.15%
3.99%
$600
$0 p.a.
95%
Fix a competitive rate for 3 years, get a 100% offset account and pay no ongoing fees. Available with a 5% deposit.
3.32%
3.71%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
New borrowers or refinancers can get a discounted rate with this package loan.
3.34%
3.78%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Unlock a range of savings with this competitive package home loan offer. Offset account and redraw facility included.
3.15%
3.89%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Lock in a low mortgage rate for 2 years and pay no ongoing fees. Includes a 100% offset account. Available with a 5% deposit.
2.99%
3.45%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive fixed interest rate product with no ongoing bank fees.
3.79%
3.80%
$500 (if over 80% LVR)
$0 p.a.
80%
A variable investment mortgage with flexible repayments and an optional redraw facility.
3.57%
3.59%
$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.
3.65%
3.67%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Investors can easily access their equity using BPAY, a debit Master Card or cheque book with this interest-only line of credit.
3.94%
3.93%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A variable rate home loan with no application fees and the opportunity to earn Velocity points.
3.69%
4.15%
$375
$15 monthly ($180 p.a.)
80%
3.14%
3.85%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no ongoing fees on this investment loan fixed for 3 years.
3.59%
3.75%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
Take advantage of a basic no-frills home loan with extra repayments and fee free redraw.
3.89%
$0
$349 p.a.
80%
Low fee line of credit loan with package benefits.
3.99%
4.31%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Get a 100% offset account, access to a redraw facility and a competitive rate tied to your LVR.
3.44%
4.15%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A flexible, competitive fixed rate loan that allows for extra repayments.

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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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      JhezJune 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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