Small Business Energy Saver Program for Small Businesses

Last updated: 15 December 2021

As a small business you can reduce your running costs and greenhouse gas emissions through the Small Business Energy Saver Program.

When upgrading to more energy-efficient equipment, the program provides small businesses with a significant discount that in some cases may cover up to 100% of the full equipment and installation cost.

We can work with you to identify which equipment in your business is eligible to be upgraded.

Who can apply

To be eligible, your small business must have:

  • 1 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 rented or leased premises, you must first gain authorisation for installation activities at the premises.

Equipment upgrades

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 that you will need 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.

Get an upgrade

Speak with our local program experts who can answer your questions about the Small Business Energy Saver Program.

Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance

Loddon Mallee and Grampians Region: Ararat, Ballarat Buloke, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Greater Bendigo, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mildura, Mt Alexander, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Swan Hill, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack.

Tim Drylie
Andrew Reed
Sue Barker

1300 845 280

City of Darebin


Glenn Newman
03 8470 8128

Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action

Eastern Metro: Banyule, Boroondara, Glen Eira, Knox, Maroondah, Manningham, Monash, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Yarra and Yarra Ranges.

Szilvia Csanyi
0448 400 578

Geelong Sustainability Group

Barwon South West Region: Colac Otway, Corangamite, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Moyne, Queenscliffe, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast and Warrnambool.

Karina Donkers and Steve Turnock

1300 227 257

Gippsland Climate Change Network

Gippsland Region: Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington.

Darren McCubbin

1800 839 007

GV Community Energy and Indigo Power

Hume Region – Benalla, Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira and Strathbogie.

Wendy D’Amore
0490 364 967

Hume Region – Alpine, Indigo Mansfield, Mitchell, Murrindindi, Towong, Wodonga and Wangaratta.

Lysander Tyrrell
03 5746 3222

South East Councils Climate Change Alliance

SE Metro: Bass Coast, Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Frankston, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip.

Chloe Michaelides
0493 254 879

Victoria Gerrard
0493 200 719

Sustainability Victoria

West and North Metro: Brimbank, Hobsons Bay Hume, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Wyndham.

Melanie Schluter
03 8626 8840

Estimate your cost savings

Use our tool for examples of how much your business could save when upgrading to energy-efficient equipment.

Related information

The Victorian Energy Upgrades program provides households and businesses with a range of discounted energy-efficient products and services. Visit Victorian Energy Upgrades.