It makes sense for businesses of all sizes to understand their energy use and costs, and know the options available to reduce them.
This section includes basic information on these steps and is designed for small businesses.
Energy-intensive businesses with a net energy consumption of more than 0.05PJ per year should go to the section on energy management for large energy users.
Key steps to reducing business energy costs include:
- understanding energy use and identifying potential savings
- finding the best energy deal and demand management options
- optimising and upgrading appliances and equipment.
The Grants and funding section includes information on Australian Government and state and territory government programs that exist to help companies access finance for energy efficiency improvement projects.
If you are part of the nearly 1 million home-based businesses in Australia, there is a Home-based business guide with practical and realistic tips and steps to reduce your energy costs when running a business from home.
For sector-specific information on how to reduce your energy costs go to the Industry sector guides section.
Business Energy Advice Program
Small businesses can receive advice on better energy deals and reduce their energy usage through the Australian Government's Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP).
The program offers a personalised energy consultation as well as an energy spend benchmarking tool that allows businesses to compare their energy spend to similar businesses in their industry and region.
You can register for a free Business Energy Advice consultation by calling 1300 415 224 or visiting businessenergyadvice.com.au.
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Australian Government
Business.gov.au Australian Government
Business Recycling Planet Ark
Energy Made Easy Australian Government
Energy advice for business Government of Victoria
Energy Rating Australian Government
Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NaTHERS) Australian Government
National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) NSW Government on behalf the of Australian Government and state and territory governments
Office Tenancy (NABERS) NSW Government on behalf the of Australian Government and state and territory governments
The 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business Australian Government
Victorian Energy Compare Government of Victoria