Make your business more energy efficient

14/08/2012

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Energy conscious South Australian businesses are being encouraged to apply to participate in a State Government program designed to help businesses become more energy efficient.

Deputy Chief Executive Manufacturing and Innovation with the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy, Lance Worrall, said the $300,000 Business Sustainability Alliance (BSA) Energy Efficiency Program is designed to help local businesses become better informed about how they use and manage energy.

"Rising energy prices are driving businesses to cut back on their energy consumption," Mr Worrall said.

"This Program provides small to medium enterprises committed to controlling their energy costs, access to funding to undertake an energy audit which will identify opportunities for them to become more energy efficient.

"Successful applicants will receive 75 per cent of the cost of their energy assessment up to a maximum $10,000.

"Funding allows recipients to engage an accredited energy auditor through the Program to conduct an audit of their South Australian operations."

Following the energy audit, companies will receive a detailed report featuring:

  • a list of all sources of energy used on site
  • the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions
  • an explanation of energy tariffs and charges
  • a breakdown of energy usage and energy efficiency opportunities, and
  • estimates of implementation costs, projected savings and payback periods.

Mr Worrall said the uptake of cost-effective energy efficiency technologies will help businesses maintain their competitiveness as we move towards a low carbon economy.

Well-known South Australian beverage manufacturer, Bickfords, was one of nine successful applicants in the first round of the BSA Energy Efficiency Program.

Compliance Manager with Bickfords, Colin Stuart, said the opportunity to conduct an in depth audit of the company's energy needs and identify projects to reduce consumption and improve efficiency was a major attraction.

"The support provided by BSA and the audit teams was first class and extremely professional," Mr Stuart said.

"After undertaking the energy audit, we were able to identify a range of energy saving measures which once in place will result in a 25 per cent reduction in our energy costs with a return of investment within two and half years."

The BSA is a cross-government initiative which provides advice to South Australian businesses on environmental and sustainability initiatives.

For more information about the BSA Energy Efficiency Program or to download an application form visit: http://bsa.dmitre.sa.gov.au/bsa

Applications for Round Six of the program close 31 August 2012.