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 that 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 and managing energy use
- finding the best energy deals
- buying energy-efficient appliances and technology and running them efficiently.
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.
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.
Energy Efficient Communities Program
Please note that this program has closed.
The Energy Efficient Communities Program (EECP) offered small businesses grants to help lower their energy bills and reduce emissions.
High energy-using businesses could apply for a grant of up to $25,000 with a matching co-contribution required.
The Business Stream had 3 rounds.
- Applications for the high energy using businesses round opened on 10 August 2020 and closed on 24 September 2020.
- Applications for the small business round opened on 6 July 2020 and closed on 26 August 2020.
- Applications for the dairy farming business round opened on 22 June 2020 and closed on 24 August 2020.
- Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Australian Government
- Business.gov.au Australian Government
- Energy Made Easy Australian Government
- Energy Rating Australian Government
- Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
- National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) NSW Government on behalf the of Australian Government and state and territory governments
- Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NaTHERS) Australian Government
- Victorian Energy Compare Government of Victoria
- Energy advice for business Government of Victoria