Small Business Energy Saver Program

The Small Business Energy Saver Program provides a bonus for small businesses, discounting the cost to upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment.

Energy-efficient equipment can save your business on running costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Am I eligible for the bonus?

Small businesses must:

  • have 1 to 19 employees
  • have a commercial (non-residential) premises.

This program is not available for primary producers in agriculture.

The program assists small businesses to implement upgrades which will lower their operational costs.

The equipment upgrades eligible for the bonus include:

  • replacing inefficient electric water heaters with efficient gas, solar, heat pump options (available on LEDSaves)
  • installing single and two-door refrigerators, upright freezers or refrigerated display cabinets
  • installing water-efficient pre-rinse spray valves
  • installing a fan motor in a ducted fan or partition fan, or a high-efficiency MEPS listed motor
  • upgrading to an energy-efficient room air conditioner.

The bonus is in addition to the energy efficiency upgrade discounts through the Victorian Energy Upgrades program.

If you are a small business operating out of a rented or leased premises, you must first ensure that you are authorised to have installation activities carried out at the premises.

Get the bonus?

The program provides a bonus for your business to upgrade equipment at your business premises. The bonus amount depends on the equipment you upgrade.

The exact amount that a business 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 an old electric hot water unit with a medium-sized heat pump could cost a local hairdresser $840 instead of $4000
  • upgrading the air conditioning at a local café may cost the owner $960 instead of $3100.

Eligible energy-efficient upgrades must be installed by accredited providers, who use the bonus to reduce the cost of equipment. Accredited providers will identify equipment in your business that is eligible to receive the bonus.

Accredited providers are accredited by the Essential Services Commission under the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program and are experts in their field, experienced in delivering a variety of upgrades that can help save on your energy costs.