Sustainability Victoria Energy Assessment Grants are now available for businesses that spend $20,000 or more a year on electricity and have less than 200 full time employees.
Darebin Council is working with Sustainability Victoria to help local businesses reduce their energy costs and use. Grants are available to eligible businesses with less than 200 full time employees, spending over $20,000 a year on energy. The grants enable businesses to have an energy assessment undertaken, identify and implement energy improvements. Funding is available from both Sustainability Victoria and Darebin Council to cover 50% or more of the cost of an energy assessment. Grants are offered at two levels: a basic energy assessment is up to $2,000 and a detailed energy assessment is up to $6,000, with a $3,000 assessment recommendation implementation bonus available to both grants. If you are interested in accessing one of these grants please contact email@example.com
Light$mart – Energy Efficient Lighting Program
Over 140 local businesses have upgraded their lights to LED through the Darebin Light$mart Program. As a result of this 12,000 lights have been made more energy efficient and businesses are saving thousands of dollars on their electricity bills.
Light$mart works with local businesses, organisations and practitioners to retrofit and install energy efficient lighting. Through Light$mart Council subsidises the LED lights by 50% (GST exclusive price) with the Council rebate capped at $1,000. To get a free quote from one of our Light$mart installers and/or find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solar Saver and Business Solar Bulk Buy
Our first nine Darebin businesses and organisations to participate in the Darebin Business Solar Bulk Buy Program have completed their solar installations. Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Show Works, Westgarth Primary school, Vision @ Broadway, Neami Ltd, Sibley Furniture, Oakhill Community Centre, Cranross Tennis Club and Shiny have installed a total of 250 kws of solar. If you are a business or organisation in Darebin interested in installing solar on your rooftop email email@example.com
Businesses in Darebin can now install solar through Council's Business Solar Bulk Buy program. Not for profit organisations may also be eligible to participate in our Solar Saver Program. If eligible, this will allow them to pay off their solar system through their Council rates. To register your interest in either of these programs email firstname.lastname@example.org
So far 60 businesses/organisations in Darebin that we know of have installed solar on their rooftop. The largest size system is 200 kw and the smallest 1 kw. These businesses/organisations include: Aboriginal Legal Service, Annie Dennis Kindergarten, Australian Migrant Times Group, Baptcare Sanctuary (Preston), Batman Park Kindergarten, Beauty 21 Beauty Therapy, Cattani, Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery, Clifton Street Childrens' Centre, Complete Food Services Preston Pty Ltd, Cranross Tennis Club, Croxton Special School, Edwards Street Dental, Embroidery Source, EnviroShop, Exquisine, Fairfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Gascon, Gower Street Kindergarten, Guy Phelan Cabinet Maker, Hawkers, Jika Jika Community Centre, Johanna Villani Design, J.S. Grey Kindergarten, Karl Millard, Keon Park Children's Hub, Latrobe Village, M & C Seafoods, Neami, Northcote Chiropractic Centre, Northcote Golf Shop, Northcote Highschool, Northern Tags & Envelopes, Northland, Peerless Jal, Perry Street Childcare Centre, Plasmatronics, Preston Neighbourhood House, Oakhill Community Centre, Raleigh Street Child Care Centre, Reservoir East Primary School, Reservoir Neighbourhood House, Show Works, Shiny, Sibley Furniture, Skyrange Windows, Sprout 184, St Raphael's Primary School, Tasties, The Equipment Library, Thornbury Neighbourhood house, UFS Pharmacy, Ultra Gloss Smash Repairs, Vision @ Broadway, Wales Street Primary School, Westgarth Primary school, Westgarth Theatre and Yarra Tram Depot.
If you are a business in Darebin with solar on your rooftop and you are not on this list please let us know by emailing email@example.com
We offer a fortnightly business recycling service for a one off fee of $92 per 240 litre bin, with a maximum of two bins available. All items recyclable in the Darebin residential recycling bins are accepted. To order your bin(s) complete the on-line order form.
Next Green Business Networking Event hosted by Hawkers Tuesday 14 November (5.45 pm - 7.15 pm)
Learn about how to 'green' your business with a tour and talk from Hawkers, one of Darebin's local breweries. Hawkers is one of our Greenlight and SLIM (Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing) businesses. They have installed a 63kw solar system, upgraded their lights to LED, they recycle 95% of their waste products and have invested in energy efficient machinery and practises in their manufacturing process.
If you would like to hear more about Hawkers and have a look at their sites please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Business Network meets bi-annually within local businesses that showcase their sustainable actions and initiatives. It is a chance to network, share ideas, inspiration and resources. Register your interest in joining the network and/or being notified of upcoming events by emailing email@example.com or calling 8470 8344.
Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing
Through our SLIM (Sustainable Leaders in Manufacturing) program we are working with over 25 local manufacturers to help them reduce their energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste. Through their participation in SLIM all these businesses have saved thousands of dollars through making changes to help their businesses be more environmentally sustainable. All our SLIM businesses have installed LED lighting, many have installed solar, some have formed industrial ecology business partnerships to turn their waste into a resource for others, and all have reduced their waste going to landfill.
At the moment we are looking for businesses interested in accessing a highly subsidised energy audit. If you are a local manufacturer and are interested in getting support to save money and reduce your energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste and interested in connecting with other sustainable leaders in manufacturing email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8470 8344.
Darebin Fridge Timer Program
If you have fridges that contain non-perishable items you could be saving between $400 - $500 a year by switching them off when your business is closed. We are offering food and beverage businesses free fridge timers to reduce electricity consumption. To receive a free fridge timer, contact your local Environmental Health Officer phone: 8470 8658 or email email@example.com
Darebin Coffee Timer Program
Commercial coffee machines use a lot of energy. It is estimated that over 50% of these machines are not turned off when businesses are closed. We are interested in working with businesses that would like to install a timer on their coffee machines to turn them off when they are not being used. This can save a business between $700 - $1,200 a year on their electricity bills. Let us know if you have a commercial coffee machine and would be interested in having a timer installed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 8470 8344.
Bicycle racks for Business
As cycling becomes a more common mode of transport, providing bicycle parking is becoming more important. Council is committed to encouraging green travel and will install a free bicycle parking hoop outside eligible local businesses. To find out if your business meets the eligibility criteria for safety and accessibility please complete our online form and a transport officer will contact you.
We are Greening our Business
Does your business/organisation have solar, or are you recycling and working to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste? If so, do you have your ‘We are Greening our Business’ sticker and are you listed and promoted in our Green Business Directory?
The ‘We are Greening our Business’ stickers have been developed to recognise and celebrate the effort you are making to reduce your environmental impact. A certificate can accompany the sticker to let your customers and peers know about your efforts.
- Bronze, silver or gold stars are allocated to mark each area of action (lighting, energy efficiency, water, waste, food, chemicals, transport, and sustainable products). The more actions you take, the more stars you get.
- Colour of the star indicates how comprehensive your action has been.
If you have taken action to reduce your environmental footprint and would like to participate in the program, please contact us.
• Stars are gold for business – Preston Leader article
• We are Greening our Business – certificate sample
Darebin Green Business Directory
Over 150 businesses, including cafes, accountants, retail shops, osteopaths, mechanics, solar power installers, manufacturers and more are listed on the Darebin Green Business Directory. These businesses are working to operate more sustainably and/or offering ‘green’ products and services that can help you reduce your environmental impact. When doing business in Darebin look for businesses listed on the Green Business Directory and who display a 'We are Greening our Business' sticker and/or certificate.
Local Businesses and Organisations recognized for their leadership and achievements in Environmental Sustainability
Charles Sandford, winner of the 2016 Northern Business Achievement - Sustainability and Environment Award
Congratulations to Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery winner of the 2016 Northern Business Achievement - Sustainability and Environment Award. Charles Sandford has done many things within his business to improve its environmental sustainability. He has installed a 32 kw solar system, LED lights, variable speed drivers on air compressors, invested in energy efficient equipment, diverted his wood shavings from landfill through the establishment of an industrial ecology partnership with Pollards Sawdust Supplies, diverted his wood offcuts from landfill, reduced packaging by reusing coffee bean hessian bags and introduced recycling of many materials. All this has been done whilst growing and expanding the business with the addition of Mckay Joinery and his new business arm of timber windows and doors.
Swept Away, winner of the 2016 Darebin Sustainable Homes and Communities - Business Award
Congratulations to Swept Away winner of the 2016 Darebin Sustainable Homes and Communities Business Award. Suzannah Morrison, owner of Swept Away eco friendly cleaning runs her business to develop and lead sustainable eco-friendly cleaning. Her ecological approach to detailed cleaning focuses on health and wellbeing, and care for the planet, with no chemicals used, dry steam technology utilized and even a service offered to pick up organic food waste offered.
Green Business Support
If your business sells ‘green’ products or services, or is actively working to reduce energy consumption, water usage and waste, in addition to joining our Green Business Network and Directory you can access our business events, support, training and mentoring. To find out more email email@example.com or phone 8470 8344 or visit our Events page.
Tips and resources
The following websites offer some great tips and resources:
• Positive Charge – the top five energy saving tips for businesses in retail, cafés or restaurants, hotels or motels, manufacturers, office or professional organisations.
• Positive Charge – short videos on how to cut the cost of your energy bills.
• Energy Efficiency Assist – short videos covering topics such as energy efficiency, optimisation and management, and energy saving technologies/options.
• Carbon Compass – improve your energy efficiency, reduce costs and lower carbon emissions by providing real and practical information. Links to grants and funding are also provided.
If you own or lease a commercial office take a look at CitySwitch. It’s a high-value no-cost service that helps commercial office tenants improve office energy efficiency.
Sustainable Business Officer
Ph: 8470 8550