The Federal Government has launched a new tool to help small businesses reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency.

The Government’s Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) will give small businesses access to two new free services: a personalised energy advice service and an online tool to help you understand and take advantage of energy saving opportunities.

The BEAP allows small businesses to identify the best available energy plan, make practical changes to equipment and usage to improve energy efficiency, and apply for grants to deliver real energy savings.

The NSW Business Chamber will assist in the national delivery of one-on-one energy consultations for businesses with 6–20 employees. Small businesses can register for their free consultation at businessenergyadvice.com.au

The Government has partnered with AlphaBeta and Xero to develop the Small Business Energy Check online benchmarking tool, which allows small businesses to compare their energy spend to that of other similar businesses in their area and industry.

The initiative allows you to find out how your energy spend compares to other businesses like yours and take action, all in a matter of minutes.

The BEAP is a result of recommendations from the 2018 ACCC Retail Electricity Price Enquiry, which found that small businesses can find it difficult to navigate the energy retail market and as a result are paying more than their fair share for energy.

For more information about the Business Energy Advice Program, click here.