Cutting energy bills benefits small businesses and the planet

News posted on 25.03.2015

Smh.com.au has reported (17/03/2015) on a new book released by former NSW Australian of the Year and environmental campaigner, Jon Dee, called EnergyCut - The 20-Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Business.

Jon Dee, who founded DoSomething and Planet Ark and National Tree Day, spent two years collating tips, information and case studies for the book that was launched in Canberra last week. He said the book is a practical and simple guide to reducing energy consumption to save money.

Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, said the Commonwealth is making the book and accompanying website free to all small business owners.

Mr Dee focuses on saving money rather than climate change, global warming or carbon emissions as he found that most small business owners find that becoming energy efficient makes commercial sense. This in turn benefits the planet.

Australians spent $9 billion on air-conditioning related energy bills and $5 billion on refrigeration in 2012 alone.

Mr Dee estimates that small business could save up to 30 per cent by making minor changes to their operations such as lighting upgrades.

The 20 Step plan includes adding up energy costs, measuring use of energy, coming up with an energy reduction plan, including staff in the process, negotiating better deals with energy providers, lowering heating and cooling costs, installing insulation, reducing equipment energy costs, going solar, cutting IT energy use, watching the temperature, reducing lighting bills, switching off, reducing refrigeration costs, reducing transport costs, reducing hot water use and looking for innovation and adapting to change.

Council of Small Business chief executive, Peter Strong, said that the book shows that energy efficiency can be good for business and the bottom line.  He believes the book is a must-read manual for all small businesses.