When running a business, there are hard costs you have to wear. But did you know there are some unnecessary costs you can reduce?
Understanding the energy you consume to keep your business ticking and making smart changes can help you save on your energy bills. This is the exact approach small business owner Yasmin Guner took – let’s look at her story.
For Yasmin, it didn’t matter that she had 30 years’ experience in small business. She was hungry to explore new ways of being more energy efficient. Her desire to cut energy costs has paid off. Yasmin owns an eat-in and takeaway business on the Central Coast of NSW. As a food business, energy costs are high. There are commercial refrigerators at the front and back of the shop. Produce needs to be kept fresh, drinks chilled plus there are burners for cooking.
Yasmin used the free government Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) to evaluate her energy consumption and in doing so, become more efficient. BEAP provided an Energy Efficiency Consultant who assessed her energy consumption and provided a report with tailored recommendations. She received practical advice that had never crossed her mind. This included checking how the fridge motors were running, so everything would be at an optimum temperature for produce to remain fresh without excessive electricity being used.
Being a weekday operation meant there were opportunities to save on energy outside of trading times. One BEAP recommendation was to stop running the drinks fridge outside of business operating hours. By investing in a $29 timer, Yasmin was able to save on electricity usage across the whole weekend and 13 hours of electricity usage on weekdays. Based on past bills, the efficiency savings are estimated at $260 a year, for applying one simple initiative.
Yasmin found BEAP to be awesome, saying “I took his advice … (he) showed me really smart ways of looking at things. It was great!”
By reducing her energy consumption, Yasmin has saved on running costs and contributed to workplace sustainability.
Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP)
To discover ways to save on energy costs, Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) delivered by Business Australia can help.
There are many benefits of the program: understand your energy bills, learn tips to change old habits and there’s a wide range of resources to tap into. And by applying sustainable practices, it will spark savings and reduce your carbon footprint.
To find out if your business qualifies for BEAP, call 1300 415 224 or fill in the online form.