Manage your business’s energy use
As a business, you're going to need some form of energy to run your operations. While your business's energy bills are an unavoidable cost, there are ways you can save on your energy usage and improve your business finances.
Reduce your costs
As a business owner, you're no doubt on the lookout for ways to save money. The good news is, there are some proactive steps you can take to reduce your business's energy costs:
1. Shop around. Once you have a good understanding of your energy use, look at all your options and make a choice best suited to your business needs.
2. Review your energy contract. Some fees and charges may be negotiable - it never hurts to ask!
3. Make sure your equipment is maintained and in good working order. If you need new equipment, try to buy or lease the most energy efficient option. While this may cost a little bit more in the beginning it could save you money in the long run.
There are grants available for businesses looking to improve their energy efficiency. Eligibility requirements may vary depending on the size of your operation.
Reduce your energy use
Using less energy is not only beneficial to the environment, but can also help your business's bottom line. Try these tips to help your business use less energy:
1. Wherever possible, use your equipment during off-peak times.
2. Switch off equipment when it's not in use, or use automatic timers to switch equipment on and off.
3. Consider alternative energy sources like solar panels, using alternative fuels or switching to a green energy provider. Some retailers may even pay you for the energy your alternative solution feeds back into the network (a feed-in tariff). If you decide to look into this option make sure to have a look at the Australian Energy Regulator's guidelines as there are rules that apply to the retail sale of energy.
Take the energy websites survey!
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science would like to hear from you to learn how the Department can better help you manage your energy usage through their energy websites.
Take the survey , and share you experience to the Department with using the following websites:
Your Energy Savings (yourenergysavings.gov.au)
Energy Efficiency Exchange (eex.gov.au)
Your Home (yourhome.gov.au).
The survey will only take around five minutes for each of the websites, and you don't have to answer questions about the sites you haven't used.