What should every energy-conscious business know?

Small businesses are Australia's engine room. According to Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey in his 2015-2016 budget speech, there are more than 2 million modest enterprises across the country that make less than $2 million in turnover a year. This makes your company integral to not just the national economy, but to improving the country's environmental impact - and there are any number of ways that you can take the reins and make a difference.  

If you're concerned about your business's carbon footprint and the impact that electricity prices are having on your bottom line, here are three things that every energy-conscious organisation should know. 

Simple changes are often best

Small changes could make all the difference. Small changes could make all the difference.

There's a lot to be said about grand gestures but, sometimes, the tiniest changes to your day-to-day habits can create the biggest energy savings. Take lighting, for example. While a complete overhaul requires a fair amount of capital, you can implement more cost-friendly changes into your workplace on a regular basis. Cut down on lighting costs by ensuring that non-essential lights are turned off in spaces like bathrooms, cupboards and foyers. The same goes for when you leave a meeting room, as well as after hours. 

You could even consider smart metering. This technology can give electricity suppliers a more accurate picture of your business's energy use - and could help in managing your energy consumption. If you find that your saving efforts aren't quite going as planned, speak to the switching experts at Make It Cheaper. The team can compare your electricity deal against others in the market to determine whether your business is receiving the best value for money. 

You are using energy all the time

Technology can draw a lot of electricity in office. Technology can draw a lot of electricity in office.

The workplace can be a minefield of energy pitfalls. In fact, you might even be drawing power from the grid without realising - and this could have a significant impact on your overall energy bill. An energy-conscious business understands where electricity is being used, even if it might not seem obvious. The technology in your office can rack up large energy costs over the course of a year.

Think about those appliances that are always switched on, for example. A single wireless modem on stand-by could cost around $18.83 per year to run, according to the Department of Industry and Science. When you're watching your business's pennies, every extra cost counts. 

Tap into government rebates

Government incentives can help you make energy-efficient changes.Government incentives can help you make energy-efficient changes.

In day-to-day operations, your bottom line is at the top of your priority list. For this reason, small businesses can often forget that there is an array of incentives and rebate schemes available to make energy-efficient changes financially viable. It's worth checking with your local authority to see whether you can receive any additional help or guidance in making your company more savvy with electricity. 

For instance, homeowners and small organisations in Southeast Queensland are eligible for a $1,500 incentive when installing efficient air conditioning units. Another example is the Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme in South Australia, which can offer assistance with installing energy efficient products to households and small businesses.

Posted by Richard West