Grants to help business cut energy costs

Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, is encouraging local businesses to save money on their energy bills by utilising the Boosting Business Productivity Energy Assessment Grants Program.

Ms Pulford said small businesses spending more than $20,000 a year on energy could apply for a basic energy assessment up to $2,000 and a detailed energy assessment up to $6,000.

A $3,000 implementation bonus is also available to both grant types to carry out one or more of the recommendations from their assessment.

These might include fitting variable speed drives to fan drives on existing variable air volume heating, ventilating, or air conditioning systems. Another option may be to install fast rolling doors or clear plastic strips to prevent heat gain or loss on warehouse doors.

Ms Pulford said an energy assessment can be extremely beneficial to small and medium sized businesses.

“These assessments are undertaken by experts and provide tailored advice on how businesses can cut energy costs and improve productivity,” Ms Pulford said.

A further $630,000 was allocated to the Boosting Business Productivity grants program in the recent Budget. Small and medium sized manufacturers can now apply for a Materials Efficiency Grant of up $13,000 to improve materials efficiency, reducing waste sent to landfill.

Grant applications are now open.

For more information visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au, or call 1300 363 744 to speak to an adviser.