There are many things you can reduce your businesses' energy bills.
Start with an energy assessment
Before you begin making changes in your business, it’s worth finding out where your business uses the most energy. This can be done in house, through gathering recent data and some simple analysis, or by using an energy assessor. Learn more about energy assessments.
Negotiate a better deal
It’s possible to negotiate a better deal from your energy company if you do the preparation and know the areas where there is room to move.
Find tips on negotiating a better energy offer.
Start making changes
Once your energy assessment gives you an idea of where savings can be made, you can start making changes to help reduce your company’s energy use.
These tips will get you started:
- The 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business (PDF 19.4MB)
- find out how to finance energy efficiency improvements
Actively manage demand
Once you understand your energy spend; have started making changes and are on the best energy contract that’s available to your business, you can go further to actively manage demand.
There are many ways to do this, including:
Businesses running from a building they own can often benefit from energy efficiency improvements.
First, the changes save you money, and second—if you are leasing out your property, you can often attract higher rental returns.
Common improvements to buildings include:
- double-glazing windows and insulating walls
- reducing draughts by sealing doors, windows and installing automatic doors
- switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and using timers on lighting
Upgrading equipment and vehicles to more energy-efficient options
Your business can often make considerable savings by switching to more energy-efficient vehicles, and/or upgrading old equipment.
- Compare appliances and equipment to find the most energy-efficient products on the Energy Rating website.
- Consider HVAC, co-generation or tri-generation technology options listed on the Energy Exchange website.
- Search the GreenVehicleGuide to compare the fuel economy, greenhouse and air pollution emissions of different cars, four-wheel drives and light commercial vehicles.
- Follow the Truck Buyers Guide for step-by-step guidance on choosing a fuel-efficient commercial vehicle or truck.
Being a proactive tenant
Commercial building tenants control about 50% of the energy use in their buildings. To help reduce your energy use as a tenant, and to take greater control over your company’s energy use, check out the NABERS Office Tenancies information.
There is also energy efficiency information for office tenants and case studies, Energy Exchange website.