Small businesses cut bills in tough economic times

06 December 2011

Small businesses cut bills in tough economic times

With the price of energy rising rapidly and businesses finding it harder to make ends meet, a group of small business owners on Sydney’s North Shore have found a way to reduce their energy bills and become more sustainable.

HART (Honda Australia Driver Training) in St Ives, IGA West Pymble and Flavours Catering and Events, Artarmon, have joined more than 300 other North Shore business by taking part in the Better Business Partnership program. 

For each of these businesses, their energy bills had become unsustainable in recent years and were only going to keep rising, despite their usage not increasing.  

The Better Business Partnership team worked with each business individually to identify ways they could reduce their energy bills, and at the same time operate a more sustainable business into the future.  It identified a range of initiatives for the businesses, including:
•    Retrofitting energy efficient lighting;
•    Installing timers on hot water heaters;
•    Introducing better ventilation systems;
•    Installing insulators on freezers to be more energy efficient.

Considerable cost savings have already been achieved by these three businesses. Rod Hill, manager at HART, has saved 20 percent on his last power bill, to the delight of his head office manager in Melbourne. 

Tony Aglio, Manager of IGA, has seen his power bill reduced by $300 a month as a result of putting aluminium insulated covers on the chest freezers throughout the store. 

Clare Miller of Flavours Catering and Events has realised that you save money on your energy bills by making smarter purchasing decisions up front. 

Ku-ring-gai Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the Better Business Partnership is a great way for businesses to save money and become more sustainable.

“For many businesses, the cost of energy is a major expense so this program can result in significant savings,” she said.     
According to the President of the Ku-ring-gai Chamber of Commerce, Peter Vickers, rising energy prices are now top of mind for his members and they are increasingly concerned about how they can afford to pay their rising bills. “Businesses previously never looked at their electricity bill because you had no choice and it was relatively small.  As electricity prices dramatically rise, businesses now have to look at wiser electricity usage and for cheaper prices”, he said.

HART, IGA and Flavours Catering –– along with many other participating businesses in the Better Business Partnership––have realised that the price of electricity is only going to continue to rise. Their participation in the Better Business Partnership has given them the power to address this financial problem and to tackle it with tangible solutions that have already seen to save them money and will continue to do so into the future. 

About Better Business Partnership
BBP is a partnership of Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby City Councils with the local business community and has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust and Sydney Water's Every Drop Counts Business Program. To find out more visit the website www.betterbusinesspartnership.com.au  or call 9777 7516.

For further media information contact :
Eric Aubert
Media Relations Manager
Ku-ring-gai Council
9424 0747
eaubert@kmc.nsw.gov.au

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