The Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) delivers advice to help small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals and reduce their energy usage.
The program provides 2 free services for eligible small businesses:
1. Business Energy Advice
The first element of the program is Business Energy Advice, a personalised energy consultation delivered by the NSW Business Chamber, funded by the Department of the Environment and Energy.
This service helps small businesses understand their energy savings opportunities, choose the best energy plan for their business, and receive tailored advice on energy efficiency opportunities best suited to their industry.
This service is targeted at small businesses with:
- between 6 and 20 employees
- 5 or fewer employees and have been adversely affected by drought
You can register for an energy consultation at businessenergyadvice.com.au. If your business has more or fewer staff, you can still access helpful resources on businessenergyadvice.com.au. Information is also available on energy.gov.au for small and medium businesses.
2. Small Business Energy Check
The second element of the program is the Small Business Energy Check, an energy spend benchmarking tool that allows small businesses to compare their energy spend to that of similar businesses in their industry and region. The purpose of the tool is to give small businesses information on whether they are paying too much for their energy. It can be used on its own, or in conjunction with a Business Energy Advice consultation.
The Small Business Energy Check is tailored for small businesses with fewer than 20 staff operating anywhere in Australia. It can also be used by advisers to small business, such as accountants, bookkeepers and energy experts.
With a recent energy bill and some basic information about your industry and business size in hand, completing the check takes a couple of minutes. The tool is available at checkyourenergyspend.com.au
If you'd like to know more about the Business Energy Advice Program, please email BEAP [at] environment.gov.au
Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Australian Government
Business.gov.au Australian Government