Small and medium hotels across Australia are receiving support from the Australian Government to cut their energy costs. The $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program will enable operators to invest in their business and employ more staff and tradespeople.
Over 440 hotels, motels and serviced apartment facilities have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 to undertake energy savings projects.
This will help operators to save on energy by upgrading to more efficient air-conditioning, refrigeration and other equipment. They can also improve their buildings through double glazing and insulation, energy audits or energy monitoring equipment.
The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, said, ‘These grants will help fund projects that will provide genuine and lasting energy savings that will reduce operating costs and have a positive flow-on effect for jobs and small businesses into the future.’
‘Over 85% of the grants awarded will go to hotels in regional or remote Australia, providing a significant boost to our regions. This is good news for tourist destinations welcoming back visitors after COVID-19-related restrictions.’
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with up to 99 rooms were eligible to receive grants under the program.