On this page
Energy and gas costs continue to rise, leaving businesses that support aged care, youth, people with disability and the homeless, feeling financially strained.
The good news is that you can significantly reduce your energy bills by becoming more energy efficient.
Reducing energy use in your business can:
The figures on this page come from our Boosting Business Productivity program. We worked with more than 300 businesses to explore their energy use and minimise their energy cost.
First, understand where your business is using the most energy, so you can find ways to reduce and save.
Based on the businesses we’ve worked with, the common areas that use the most energy are:
Learn how to measure your current energy use.
Managing the way you heat and cool your space can reduce your heating and cooling bill by up to 50%.
Set the thermostat to:
One degree higher or lower can add 5–10% to your heating and cooling bill.
Limit heat entry or loss by:
On average, health care accommodation businesses managing heating and cooling more efficiently found they:
Find more ways to manage heating and cooling.
Encourage your staff to turn off appliances when they’re not being used.
If that doesn’t work, you can install timers to do the work for you.
Kitchen appliances and office equipment can use an unnecessary amount of energy when left on, like:
On average, health care accommodation businesses installing timers to appliances found they:
LED lighting is more than 60% more efficient than fluorescent and halogen lighting. LED lighting also needs less maintenance.
Find more ways to manage your lighting costs.
On average, health care accommodation businesses upgrading to LED lighting found they:
Some of your high-energy equipment might be using more gas or electricity than needed.
Buy and set up a gas or electricity meter on equipment that uses the most energy to monitor use.
The meter can show you how much energy the equipment uses and when. This data can be analysed to see if the equipment is working efficiently. You may find you can downsize equipment or discover when it needs maintenance.
On average, health care accommodation businesses installing gas and electricity meters found they:
Upgrading your old refrigeration equipment to more energy efficient ones can decrease your energy use and significantly help the environment.
When upgrading your equipment, look for the energy rating label.
It helps to regularly maintain your refrigeration. Look for:
Find more ways to maintain your refrigeration system.
On average, health care accommodation businesses maintaining cool rooms and freezers found they:
You can switch to renewable energy by:
To get the most competitive offer for renewable energy, compare electricity and gas providers.
Download the Clean Energy Council guide to installing solar (PDF, 1.6MB).
For help investing in solar, you can get finance. Environmental Upgrade Finance allows you or your building owner to borrow money from a financier to install solar on your site. You then make repayments through your local council rates system.
Find out more about Environmental Upgrade Finance.
On average, health care accommodation businesses investing in renewable energy found they:
For a more extensive guide on saving energy in the health care accommodation industry, view the Office of Environment and Heritage Energy saver: Aged-care toolkit (PDF, 537kB).
Hire a professional energy consultant to review your energy bills and the way your business operates. They’ll identify where you’re losing energy and what you can do about it.
Through our Boosting Business Productivity program, on average, a business in the health care industry:
Find an energy auditor near you.
Our energy upgrade tool does the hard work for you. It recommends opportunities and funding options, and calculates return on investment for your business.
Use the energy upgrade tool.
You may be eligible for discounted energy-efficiency products and services, through the Victorian Energy Upgrade program.
To get started, contact an accredited provider.
Then, you can pay for the remaining cost with energy-specific finance.
We’ll send you the latest sustainability information, tailored for business, including: