How To Reduce Your Business Energy Costs

Here’s our simple guide to help local businesses reduce their energy costs and in doing so operate more sustainably.

Keep electricity and gas costs to a minimum by testing the market every 12 months to 2 years

Do an Independent market comparison of electricity and gas every 12 months to 2 years to ensure that your business is still getting the best deal.

  • Small Businesses - The Victorian Government Energy Price Comparison site can assist small businesses to test the electricity and gas market.

  • Large businesses - If your business consumes more than 160 MWh’s per annum you can negotiate a market contract directly with an energy retailer. This may occur one on one with the retailer, by engaging an energy broker, through group purchasing or a power purchase agreement.

Reduce energy consumption by changing behaviour

Here are some simple behaviour change practices that can have a big impact on your energy bills.

  • Switch equipment off:

    • Develop after-hours and holiday shut down procedures to stop wasting energy and money. This can be as simple as the last person leaving turning off the lights and other equipment. Alternatively, building management systems or equipment timers can be used to automate these procedures.

    • Where possible, program computers and other equipment to automatically turn off after-hours.

    • Ensure cleaners turn off lights when they leave after-hours.

  • Manage your heating and cooling system thermostat controls:

    • Set heaters to 18°C in winter and air conditioners to 23°C in summer. You can reduce heater and air conditioning energy consumption by 10% for every degree the thermostat is set lower in Winter or Higher in Summer.

    • Avoid the use of personal heaters and fans as they reduce the efficiency of centralised heating and cooling systems.

    • Keep heating and air-conditioning systems cleaned and maintained regularly.

  • Service Equipment

    • Regularly check that sensors, timers and control systems are working as designed.

    • Clean and regularly service equipment to ensure efficient operation.

    • Compressed air and steam systems run more efficiently if leaks are regularly checked and fixed.

Invest in an energy audit of your business

An energy audit will provide your business with a clear understanding of:

  • How and when your business is using electricity and gas.

  • How you can reduce the business’s electricity and gas consumption.

  • How much energy efficiency upgrades will cost.

  • How much electricity, gas and money your business could save.

  • Return on investment (ROI) or payback.

  • How you can target business investment to get the best return.

If you’re a business in Port Phillip and you want to share your sustainability journey or start one, contact us at enviro@portphillip.vic.gov.au