Energy efficiency information and programs for businesses

Reducing the amount of energy and water your business uses, and the waste it produces, could help reduce your operating costs and lower your greenhouse gas emissions.

Several services and grants are available to help South Australian businesses become more sustainable.

Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme

The Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme (REES) is a South Australian government initiative that requires energy retailers to help households and businesses save on energy use and costs, and lower their greenhouse gas emissions.

Commercial building energy efficiency disclosure

When selling or leasing an office space of 2,000 square meters or more, most sellers or lessors must obtain and disclose an up-to-date energy efficiency rating.

The commercial building disclosure program is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments and established by the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Act 2010 as part of a broad package of measures to encourage building energy efficiency. The Australian Government manages the program.

New commercial buildings must meet the energy efficiency requirements in the Building Code of Australia.

Building Upgrade Finance

Building Upgrade Finance helps building owners access loans to improve the energy, water and environmental efficiency of existing commercial buildings.

Energy saving for tenants in office buildings

The Energy Management Guide for Tenants assists office building tenants manage their energy use efficiently while having the light, warmth, cooling and power needed to support their business operations.

Saving energy for small businesses

For South Australian businesses that use less than 160MWh of electricity a year, many of the household easy energy saving tips can help reduce your energy consumption.

Compare business electricity prices and plans

Small businesses (defined as an electricity customer consuming less than 160 MWh of electricity per year) can compare their electricity prices and plans using the Energy Made Easy price comparison service. The small business estimator requires electricity bills from the past 12 months.

Energy Efficiency Exchange (EEX) online information

The EEX website helps Australian businesses support energy efficient practices with information, training advice and referral points for funding and local business programs.

Emissions Reduction Fund

The Australian Government's Emissions Reduction Fund supports Australian businesses and households to take practical, direct action to reduce emissions and improve the environment.

Climate change sector agreements

Climate change sector agreements are formal cooperative agreements between the Government of South Australia and businesses, industry sectors and community groups to help tackle climate change.

Zero Waste SA Industry Program

Zero Waste SA helps South Australian companies take a more sustainable approach to their waste management and resource use through their Industry Program.

The Industry Program identifies potential system weaknesses or inefficient processes and highlights opportunities for improved environmental practices that will enhance business productivity.

The key elements in the program are:

  • evaluating sustainability performance across materials, energy and water
  • in-house technical support
  • networking, training and information sessions
  • financial support for resource efficiency (including solid waste) reviews and audits.

Zero Waste also offers a range of information and other services to help businesses recycle.

SA Water – saving water in your business

SA Water’s website provides information on how commercial and industrial customers can lower operating costs by monitoring and reducing water use.

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Page last updated: 5 October 2016