New energy efficiency opportunities for ACT businesses

Released 26/07/2016

ACT businesses are set to save on their energy bills with commercial lighting and commercial refrigerated display cabinets on the next round of a scheme to help Canberra become more energy efficient.

Mr Corbell said all electricity retailers authorised to sell electricity in the ACT are obliged to contribute towards energy savings in the ACT.  

“To date much of the focus has been on helping households improve their energy efficiencies and I’m pleased we are now extending our activities to local businesses in the next round of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS),” Mr Corbell said.  

“The new activities are expected will be available next year with electricity retailers providing products and improvements to small business in the areas of commercial lighting and commercial refrigerated display cabinets.

“Energy efficient lighting upgrades can save up to 60% of 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 new commercial lighting activity builds on the current EEIS program which has already installed over one million energy efficient items into over 64,000 homes, including over 17,500 low income households.”

These new activities for businesses build on the Acstmart Business Energy and Water Program rebates of up to $5,000 for eligible ACT businesses to upgrade to more energy and water efficient technologies, including lighting, heating or cooling, refrigeration, toilets and/or tapware.

“Together, these initiatives will assist the ACT in achieving its 100% renewable energy target by 2020 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” Mr Corbell said.

For more information about the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme which finishes in 2020 visit

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