Government grant helping Victorian businesses save on energy prices

The Small Business Energy Saver Program is supporting Victorian small business owners to save on energy-efficient equipment. It will deliver $5 million in discounts to small businesses across Victoria that invest in upgrading their systems.

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Available now until June 2022, the program provides a significant discount that can cover up to 100 per cent of the full equipment and installation costs.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, your small business must have:

  • One to 19 employees (full-time equivalent)
  • A commercial (non-residential) premises.

This program isn’t available for primary producers in agriculture.

If your small business operates out of a rented or leased premises, you must first gain authorisation for installation activities at the premises.

What can you upgrade?

A range of equipment upgrades are eligible for the discount:

  • Replacing inefficient electric hot water systems
  • Replacing inefficient gas hot water systems
  • Upgrading to efficient room reverse-cycle air-conditioners
  • Installing energy-efficient refrigerator display cabinets
  • Installing energy-efficient fridges and freezers.

Upgrade examples

The exact amount needed to pay for an approved energy-efficiency improvement will depend on the number and type of energy upgrades undertaken.

Illustrative examples include:

  • Replacing your inefficient electric water heater with a hot water heat pump at no cost
  • Upgrading your air-conditioning unit with a more efficient reverse-cycle air-conditioner for $700 instead of $2,800.

Jolanda Harvey (pictured), the owner of St Peter’s Café in Morwell, was thrilled when she was contacted about the Small Business Energy Saver Program. Her business needed a new upright freezer but getting the funds together was challenging.

Through the discounts offered by this program, Jolanda was able to purchase a $3,800 energy-efficient Bromic upright freezer for only $800. While Jolanda hasn’t received an energy bill since the freezer was installed, it is estimated that she will save between 15 and 20 per cent off the cost to run the freezer.

She’s already noticed there’s more space in the kitchen and the clear glass doors also make it easy to see at a glance what’s inside.

More information and applications

For more information about the Small Business Energy Saver Program and to find your local provider to apply for the upgrades, please visit the Sustainability Victoria website.

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