Bonuses available for small businesses who switch to energy-efficient equipment

Published: 7 March 2021

The Small Business Energy Saver Program will deliver $5 million in bonuses to small businesses across Victoria to support their transition to a low-cost, energy-efficient business model.

Savings for upgrading equipment

In addition to incentives through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program, bonuses up to $2000 are available in the Small Business Energy Saver Program for eligible small businesses that have 19 employees or less.

Businesses can use bonuses to make multiple eligible upgrades, which can include:

  • heat pump hot water systems
  • space heating and cooling systems
  • water efficient pre-rinse spray valves
  • low-flow shower heads
  • refrigerators and upright freezers
  • refrigerated display cabinets
  • fan motors in refrigeration systems.

Upgrades are available to small businesses across various sectors including hospitality, retail, accommodation, healthcare and professional services, and small-scale manufacturing.

By switching to energy-saving equipment, Victorian small businesses can save 15 to 20% of the equipment’s annual energy operational costs.

Communities working together

The bonus incentive will be delivered to small businesses by accredited providers in partnership with local contractors to encourage new job growth through partnerships in regional Victoria.

Intermediary organisations will be in place to actively recruit small business participation and promote the benefits of the program in their geographic or industry sector.

The Small Business Energy Saver bonus will empower Victorian small businesses to:

  • lower their annual energy costs
  • save installation costs
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • climate-proof their workplaces.

For more information, view the Small Business Energy Saver Program page.