Program overview

The Small Business Energy Saver Program will deliver $5 million in bonuses to small businesses across Victoria who upgrade to energy-efficient equipment.

Businesses could save up to up to 85% of the full installation price by making the switch to more efficient equipment and up to 15% in annual energy operating costs.

About the program

The Small Business Energy Saver Program is supporting Victorian small business owners save on energy efficient equipment. The program provides a bonus for businesses who upgrade equipment at their business premises.

Eligible businesses could save up to up to 85% of the full installation price by making the switch to more efficient equipment and up to 15% in annual energy operational costs. Small business owners can leverage the savings from reduced energy bills to focus on growing their business.

Small businesses could be eligible for the following upgrades:

  • Replacing inefficient
    • electric hot water systems
    • gas hot water systems
    • room reverse cycle air-conditioners
  • Installing energy efficient
    • fridges and freezers
    • refrigeration and ventilation fans and motors
    • refrigerator display cabinets
  • Installing water efficient pre-rinse spray valves.

The exact amount that a business will need to pay for an approved energy efficiency improvement will depend on the number and type of energy upgrades undertaken.

Illustrative examples include:

  • replacing an old electric hot water unit with a medium-sized heat pump could cost a local hairdresser $840 instead of $4,000
  • upgrading the air conditioning at a local cafĂ© may cost the owner $960 instead of $3,100.

Eligibility criteria

Small businesses must:

  • have 1 to 19 employees
  • have a commercial (non-residential) premises.

This program is not available for primary producers in agriculture.

How to apply?

All equipment upgrades need to go through a registered Accredited Provider who can discuss how they can deliver a discounted energy-efficiency upgrade for your business. Contact a registered Accredited Provider to book an appointment.

Accredited providers will identify equipment in your business that is eligible to receive the bonus. They are accredited by the Essential Services Commission under the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program and are experts in their field, experienced in delivering a variety of upgrades that can help save on your energy costs.

Register your interest in the Small Business Energy Saver Program on the Sustainable Victoria website.

Register your interest