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Lighting upgrades for businesses
Energy efficient lighting upgrades can save up to 60% of business lighting energy bills. Lighting makes up about half the total electricity bill for general retail outlets, a quarter of the total bill for hairdressers and 14% for restaurants.
The ACT Government has a number of programs and rebates/subsidies to help business improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy bills and emissions. The programs are generally delivered either through Actsmart Energy Programs or by the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme.
Two electricity retailers are offering discounted lighting upgrades for businesses as part of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme. Some lighting upgrades may even cost nothing.
The Actsmart Lighting Efficiency Webtool can help you work out how much you could save so you can find the best deal for your business.
Find out what electricity retailers are offering by contacting ActewAGL Big Business Light Switch or call 1300 789 002.
The Actsmart Business Energy and Water Program offers rebates of up to $5,000 to eligible ACT businesses wanting to upgrade to more water and energy-efficient technologies, including:
- lighting not covered under the electricity retailer programs
- heating or cooling
Programs and subsidies available from the ACT Government do change, with new incentives added from time to time. If you would like to be kept up to date with new energy efficiency activities for businesses, sign up here.
Learn about the benefits of efficient lighting upgrades from the EEIS short video at this link.
Two ACT electricity retailers currently provide commercial lighting upgrades. Find out what is available and if your business is eligible by contacting ActewAGL Big Business Light Switch or call 1300 789 002
To find out whether your business is eligible for the Actsmart Business Energy and Water program, call 13 22 81 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions
Can a single business take advantage of both Actsmart and Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme programs?
Yes. Eligible businesses can take advantage of all programs available from the ACT Government through both Actsmart and the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS).
How do EEIS and the Actsmart Energy Programs work together?
The ACT Government has a number of programs and subsidies/rebates that make it cheaper and easier for Canberra residents and businesses to reduce their emissions and become more energy efficient. Two such programs are the Actsmart Energy Programs and Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS).
The EEIS requires electricity retailers to undertake energy efficiency improvements in homes or businesses or pay an energy saving contribution. Actsmart Energy Programs are funded through fees paid by electricity retailers as part of the EEIS Energy Saving Contribution. The Actsmart Energy Programs help businesses and households to reduce emissions and energy costs through programs that complement those offered under EEIS. For instance, Actsmart programs help people to understand their energy use and energy saving options, offer tailored business assessments, action plans and rebates, whereas EEIS mainly provides energy saving items. The range of EEIS activities being offered may change over time, and Actsmart activities will adapt to avoid duplication.
Is my business eligible?
The Actsmart Business Energy and Water program is targeted at small businesses and community organisations. The EEIS programs are generally targeted at small to medium sized businesses.
To be eligible for the Actsmart business program, businesses need to:
- be operating in the ACT
- have electricity bills of up to $20,000 per year
- employ a maximum of 10 full-time equivalent staff.
To be eligible for an EEIS program, a business must be in a building classified under the BCA as commercial, industrial, public or the common areas of multi-residential as either Class 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or the Common Areas of Class 2.
Businesses are not eligible if they are required to report under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme, the Australian Government’s Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy or the Carbon Neutral ACT Government Framework.
EEIS upgrades cannot be undertaken as part of development or refurbishment requiring a Development Application.
Which lights can be upgraded under EEIS?
Each retailer is offering a small selection of common lights. These will not include specialty lights. Only working lighting equipment can be replaced under EEIS. Contact your electricity retailer for a full list of what is available.
Can businesses get multiple EEIS upgrades?
Businesses can get EEIS lighting upgrades more than once, either from the same retailer or from more than one retailer. This may happen if the retailers are offering different products or deals. However businesses cannot have the same light fittings upgraded twice under these government programs.
How much will I save?
Lighting upgrades will allow businesses to reduce their energy consumption, reduce lighting energy bills by up to 60% and improve the quality and lifespan of their light globes. Lighting makes up about half the total electricity bill for general retail outlets, 25% of the total bill for hairdressers and 14% for restaurants, so the cost savings generated by more efficient energy use can be substantial.
For a list of activities that may become available to businesses, click here. Electricity retailers can choose which of the activities they deliver, and EEIS also introduces new activities from time to time. Visit EEIS links for a full list of activities currently being offered.
To find out more about the two electricity retailers offering commercial lighting upgrades, please visit:
Also see the Frequently Asked Questions on the EEIS website for more information.
Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme
The Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS) is a key ACT Government initiative to help residents and businesses save on energy bills while maintaining services.
The EEIS requires ACT electricity retailers to meet energy saving targets by helping businesses and households reduce emissions and energy costs. Energy efficiency leads to lower demand for energy infrastructure, and this is helping to make Canberra’s 100% renewable electricity target affordable.
Savings on ACT business bills are expected to total $192 million in net present value through the EEIS (see scheme extension Regulatory Impact Statement, 2015). Many of these savings are expected to come from commercial lighting upgrades.