Businesses and their employees can also get involved in taking sustainable action. Resources available to business owners and managers wanting to incorporate greener practices into their work environment are listed below:

Become an Energy$mart Business

Rising energy bills got you down?

Get $mart about energy! Future proof your business from rising energy costs by going solar and upgrading your lights through Council’s Energy$mart program.

  • free lighting and solar assessments by experienced and reputable providers
  • no obligation quotations for quality products and installation
  • a great return on investment through a solar system, with typical payback periods of between five and 10 years
  • reduced lighting and maintenance costs by up to 80 per cent through long lasting LED lights
  • obtain low interest finance to help fund these projects with Environmental Upgrade Finance.

Wyndham City have partnered with Energy$mart specialists to provide these services so you don’t have to spend time worrying about who you can trust, whether you are getting good quality products at a competitive price and whether they will do a good job.

Contact our lighting and solar providers directly:

  • Cherry Energy Solutions on 1300 570 886 (solar and lighting)
  • Suntrix Solar Energy Solutions 1300 884 898 (solar and lighting)
  • ZEN Energy on 1300 936 466 (solar)

For more information call Council on 9742 0777 sustainability@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Need to fund your lighting or solar upgrades? An Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) might be for you!

Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF)  

Previously known as Environmental Upgrade Agreements

Businesses in Wyndham can access Environmental Upgrade Finance, previously known as Environmental Upgrade Agreements, for projects that help them save money and improve their economic and environmental performance. Wyndham has partnered with Better Building Finance to offer this to local businesses.

Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF) is a loan for building upgrade works, repaid via quarterly council rates. A lender provides the upfront capital for the works, which the business then repays through the council rates system over periods of up to 20 years. Council then remits it back to the lender.

Sustainable Business

How does it work?

EUF involves a three-way agreement between the business owner, council, and lender, called an Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA). It provides an incentive for building owners to upgrade their infrastructure and improve the value of their property. If the property is leased the building owner can easily share the repayments with their tenants, allowing tenants to benefit from reduced operating costs, and owners to improve the value of their asset.

The key features of EUF that make it different to traditional finance are:

  • Fixed interest, quarterly repayments made via a local council charge
  • Up to 100% project finance, including hard and soft costs
  • Loan terms can extend from 5 to 20 years to maximise business cashflow
  • Loans are tied to the building, not the business owner, making them easily transferrable if the building is sold
  • Landlords can split repayments with tenants, with both parties benefiting from the upgrade
  • No requirement for personal, business or other forms of security to be provided

Benefits to businesses

By using EUF to fund their building and environmental upgrades, businesses can benefit from:

  • Reduced business operating costs
  • Positive cashflow outcome from project – often from year one
  • Security from volatile energy markets
  • Media and promotional opportunities
  • A better working environment
  • Environmental leadership in the community

What can be funded?

EUF can be used to fund a broad range of upgrade works, such as solar, waste, and water projects. It just needs to improve the energy, water, environmental efficiency or sustainability of existing buildings. Popular projects include:

  • Solar PV systems
  • Energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits
  • Lighting upgrades e.g. LED, lighting controls and daylight sensors
  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Efficient control equipment e.g. power control of motors, pumps, boilers and air heating/cooling systems
  • Water harvestings, filtration, recycling and treatment for re-use

Eligibility

To qualify for EUF, applicants need to meet the eligibility criteria listed below as well as any credit criteria set by the lender:

  • Upgrade to existing buildings, located on rateable land within the council boundaries
  • The proposed works should deliver a positive and quantifiable environmental outcome such as energy and/or water savings or waste minimisation
  • Must be up to date on all rates and charges due to council
  • Property type must be predominantly non-residential (such as commercial or industrial) and not be owned by a self-managed superannuation fund.

Learn more about eligibility by contacting Building Better Finance.

FAQs

Have a look at the frequently asked questions on the Better Building Finance website.

Alternatively, contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 9742 0777 or sustainability@wyndham.vic.gov.au

Local Government Supply Chain Sustainability School 

Wyndham City Council, along with many organisations are looking to do business with companies that share the same commitment to sustainability. To ensure your business is up to date with current sustainability practices Wyndham City has partnered with City of Whittlesea, City of Port Phillip and the Supply Chain Sustainability School to provide a Sustainability online learning portal.

Register your business on the newly launched Local Government Supply Chain Sustainability School Portal, this Portal will provide businesses with FREE sustainability learning resources and a tailored action plan to make your business more sustainable. Register on website below:  

Website: http://www.supplychainschool.org.au/about/VCSS.aspx

Alternatively, contact Council’s Sustainability Team on 9742 0777 or sustainability@wyndham.vic.gov.au

TAKE 2

Businesses can take the TAKE 2 pledge to reduce greenhouse emissions and achieve Victoria's target of zero net emissions by 2050.

For more information visit the TAKE 2 website.

Other Resources:
  • EY’s ECO-Buy supports organisations to deliver environmental and social outcomes to organisations through the delivery of tailored services, training, resources and events. Visit the ECO-Buy website for further information.
  • Sustainability Victoria Resources for Businesses provides information on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water conservation and waste management.
  • VCCI has developed a range of programs, products and services that help Victorian businesses understand the key issues and respond to the challenges of climate change.

Tips on Saving Energy

Get the best energy deal

One of the easiest ways to reduce energy costs is to compare energy offers.

Victorian Energy Compare is the Victorian Government's free and independent energy price comparison tool. It compares offers from more than 20 energy retailers across gas, electricity and solar, to help you find the best and cheapest energy offers.

To use Victorian Energy Compare, you'll need access to a device connected to the internet, a recent bill, and some information about your household. Victorian Energy Compare does the rest.

The comparison only takes about 10 minutes, and users can typically save $330 a year on energy costs.

You can find more information on switching retailers and energy plans on the Compare Energy website and Green Electricity Guide website.

Lighting

  • Plan energy efficient lighting
  • Replace halogen lights
  • Use lighting efficiently

For more information visit the Sustainability Victoria website.

Cooling and heating

  • Choose energy efficient cooling and heating
  • Use your cooling and heating system efficiently (get to know your running costs)
  • Retain heat in your home

For more information visit Sustainability Victoria - Cooling and Sustainability Victoria - Heating.

Understand and improve your energy use

An energy assessment can help you identify and improve the features that are contributing to high energy bills.

Whether you're selling or renovating, renting or worried about energy bills, you can undertake an energy assessment and find out how to make save energy and money on bills. There is more information about this at Victorian Energy Saver website.

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