Do green loans stack up against regular loans?

woman with solar panels bought using green loan

In the current world we live in, it’s no surprise that many Aussies are looking to go green. 

While it’s unlikely that recycling, composting or steering away from single-use plastic will cost you an arm and a leg, other efforts come with a heftier price tag. 

Meet the green personal loan.  

Whether you’re installing solar panels, getting a water tank or even making the switch to an eco-friendly car, these loans are designed to make your sustainable dream come true. 

How do green loans differ from regular personal loans? 

Unlike a general personal loan, a green loan is specifically for the purchase of products that are environmentally friendly. 

These could include: 

  • Solar panels 
  • Solar hot water systems
  • Solar battery systems 
  • Water tanks
  • Grey water treatment systems 
  • Double glazing 
  • Eco-friendly or “green” vehicle. 

And the good news is, these loans often come with a lower interest rate. 

“Not only do green personal or car loans make it easier for Aussie customers to fund their eco-friendly initiatives, lower rates also act as a reward for people choosing more sustainable options when it comes to their home or car,” Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont said. 

According to the Mozo database, here are how current personal and green loan interest rates compare:

Loan TypeAverage Personal Loan RateAverage Green Loan Rate
Secured Multi-Purpose Loan8.09%6.29%
Unsecured Loan10.47%7.73%
Car Loan6.58%6.23%

Which lenders offer green loans? 

Currently on the Mozo database, there are 10 lenders that offer some sort of green personal loan option. 

Here’s a rundown of what’s on offer: 

Australian Military Bank 

  • Unsecured Green Loan: 3.15% (4.10% comparison rate*) 

Bank First 

  • Green Personal Loan (Variable, Unsecured): 8.75% (10.10% comparison rate*)
  • Green Personal Loan (Fixed, Unsecured): 8.75% (10.10% comparison rate*)
  • Discounted Green Car Loan (Fixed, Secured): from 5.29% (5.56% comparison rate*)
  • Discounted Green Car Loan (Variable, Secured): from 5.29% (5.56% comparison rate*)
  • Green Car Loan (Fixed, Secured): 8.29% (8.57% comparison rate*) 
  • Green Car Loan (Variable, Secured): 8.29% (8.57% comparison rate*)

Bendigo Bank

  • Green Personal Loan (Fixed, Secured): 6.79% (7.14% comparison rate*) 
  • Green Personal Loan (Fixed, Unsecured): 11.79% (12.84% comparison rate*) 

Community First Credit Union

  • Green Loan (Up to 10 years, Variable, Unsecured): 5.99% (6.26% comparison rate*) 
  • Green Loan (Up to 5 years, Variable, Unsecured): 7.99% (8.27% comparison rate*)

Hunter United 

  • Green Saver Personal Loan (Variable, Unsecured): 6.99% (8.36% comparison rate*) 

Loans.com.au

  • Clean Green Car Loan (New, Fixed, Secured): 3.97% (4.51% comparison rate*) 

Police Bank 

  • Green Loan (Fixed, Secured): 5.79% (5.93% comparison rate*)  
  • Green Loan (Fixed, Unsecured): 5.79% (5.93% comparison rate*)  

Transport Mutual Credit Union 

  • GreenRoad Hybrid & Electric Cars (Variable): 4.74% (5.04% comparison rate*)  

South West Slopes Credit Union 

  • Greener Futures Loan (Variable, Unsecured): 8.35% (8.35% comparison rate*)

Sydney Mutual Bank

  • Green Loan (Variable, Unsecured): 6.10% (6.10% comparison rate*) 

  

Remember that each of these loans may have different eligible purchases. So make sure when applying for the loan you are able to buy what you intend to with the money you are borrowing.  

Want to see how other personal loans stack up? Take a look at some options below or head to our personal loan hub for more.

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Last updated 19 June 2024 Important disclosures and comparison rate warning*
  • Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.75% p.a.to 26.95% p.a.
    6.75% p.a.to 26.95% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Borrow up to $50,000 unsecured. Perfect if you earn more than $22,100 p.a. and have good to excellent credit. Multi-year winner of Mozo’s Experts Choice Unsecured Personal Loan Award, 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024^'

    Repayment terms from 2 years to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.75% would cost $35,430.23 including fees.

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  • Unsecured Personal Loan

    Fixed

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.76% p.a.to 24.03% p.a.
    6.55% p.a.to 24.98% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Fast, easy and 100% online, this is a low cost loan with no ongoing fees or extra repayment penalties. It's perfect for savvy borrowers with great credit. If you’re over 18 and earn above $30,000, you could qualify (other eligibility criteria may apply).

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.76% would cost $35,173.52 including fees.

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  • Express Personal Loan

    Secured

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    14.95% p.a.to 27.95% p.a.
    29.30% p.a.to 42.8% p.a.based on $10,000
    over 3 years

    Access fast finance on loans from $3,000 to $25,000 with a Jacaranda Finance Personal Loan. Terms from 25-48 months. Check if you qualify with no impact on your credit score. Enjoy a speedy, online approval.

    Repayment terms from 2 years to 4 years. Representative example: a 3 year $10,000 loan at 14.95% would cost $14,324.71 including fees.

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  • Debt Consolidation Loan

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    6.57% p.a.to 18.99% p.a.
    7.19% p.a.to 19.39% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Competitive fixed rates on loans up to $75,000 depending on your credit score. Zero monthly account keeping fees, no exit fees and no early repayment fees. Make weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments, over 1 to 7 years managed entirely online, at any time. Fast and easy, 100% online application.

    Repayment terms from 1 year to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 6.57% would cost $35,528.12 including fees.

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    Details
  • Debt Consolidation Loan

    interest rate
    comparison rate
    Monthly repayment
    5.76% p.a.to 24.03% p.a.
    6.57% p.a.to 24.99% p.a.based on $30,000
    over 5 years

    Roll multiple debts into one loan to streamline your finances with one set of repayments and one interest rate. Competitive fixed interest rates with no monthly or early repayment fees and flexible repayment options. Easy online application and funding in as little as 24 hours (subject to approval).

    Repayment terms from 3 years to 7 years. Representative example: a 5 year $30,000 loan at 5.76% would cost $35,173.52 including fees.

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    Details

* WARNING: The Comparison Rate combines the lender's interest rate, fees and charges into a single rate to show the true cost of a personal loan. The comparison rates displayed are calculated based on a loan of $30,000 for a term of 5 years or a loan of $10,000 for a term of 3 years as indicated, based on monthly principal and interest repayments, on a secured basis for secured loans and an unsecured basis for unsecured loans. This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan.

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