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If you are renting there are options to reduce your energy consumption and carbon emissions - such as draught proofing, shading or choosing GreenPower on your electricity account to reduce emissions.
There are many opportunities for small and medium businesses to become more energy efficient. Many business tenants are moving into or asking for green buildings.
Improved comfort conditions from more natural light and ventilation, greater thermal control and unwanted noise reduction, leads to better staff productivity.
Homeowners and now renters may be eligible to install a solar panel system and get a significant reduction via a rebate.
The Victorian Government program called Solar Homes, is now providing the following significant rebates:
There are also a four year zero interest loan if the upfront cost is unaffordable. Make sure to do your homework and be wary of scams. Contact Solar Homes www.solar.vic.gov.au for more information.
Some sites have been combined into a multiple sites combined live display.
Victorian small businesses can receive up to $2000 to install energy-efficient business equipment at their workplace. By switching to energy-saving equipment upgrades offered by the Small Business Energy Saver program, businesses can save on annual energy operational costs.
The Small Business Energy Saver Program provides a bonus for small businesses, discounting the cost to upgrade to more energy-efficient equipment. Small business owners can use the savings from reduced energy bills to focus on growing their business while reducing emissions.
To be eligible small businesses must:
The $5 million program by Sustainability Victoria assists small businesses to implement upgrades which will lower their operational costs.
The equipment upgrades eligible for the bonus include:
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.
More information is on the Small Business Energy Saver website.