September 13, 2017

Energy management

Energy costs can be a strain on your business’s finances and it’s often money better spent on expanding or improving your business. The good news is that there are ways you can manage your electricity, gas or transport fuel usage without a large upfront cost. Managing your energy use can also help you to:

  • improve your business budgeting and planning by keeping track of your energy use
  • reduce the maintenance costs of equipment by using them more efficiently or upgrading to more efficient equipment
  • improve your business reputation by reducing your impact on the environment
  • boost staff morale through improved business culture and opportunities for innovation.

Get started by understanding how you use energy, how energy bills are calculated and the actions you can take to:

Manage energy in your sector

Each business is unique in their energy use. Whether you rely heavily on vehicles, use cold storage or work from home, there are many practical ways you can reduce your energy bills without having to invest a lot of time and money.

Find energy tips, fact sheets and case studies of businesses who have found smart ways of cutting their energy costs on the Energy Efficiency Exchange (EEX) Small business sector page, featuring the following sectors:

  • Agriculture – including cotton, dairy, fruit businesses, irrigators, wineries and agriculture in general.
  • Business services – including office tenants and supply chain and logistics businesses.
  • Manufacturing (small business) – including automotive, chemicals and plastics, food manufacturing, foundries, the meat industry and manufacturing in general.
  • Social and community services – including adult and community education, community organisations, places of worship and sporting clubs.
  • Other services – including entertainment, hospitality, museums and galleries, residential strata, retail, tourism, vets and culturally and linguistically diverse businesses.

Original Article: has a wealth of information for small business owners
© Commonwealth of Australia 2016 – Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


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