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Sustainability for your business

Making your business more sustainable can save you money while reducing your impact on the environment. The sections below provide information about discounts, services and programs that can support you to reduce your energy bills, manage your waste and reduce your water consumption.

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Sustainability in Woollahra


Reducing energy use can reduce your costs, improve your business reputation and reduce your impact on the environment.

The NSW Government is providing free online energy training and funding energy coaches to give your business a one-on-one check-up and help you cut energy bills. See the details on the Energy Saver website.

Have you considered?

  • Upgrading your lighting with LEDs and installing motion detectors
  • Taking advantage of new energy efficient hot water systems
  • Installing solar panels
  • Replacing your old air-conditioning system with a newer energy efficient model
  • Replacing your old commercial refrigerator with a new energy efficient model
  • Negotiating a better energy contract
  • Purchasing Greenpower.

LED light bulbs

Learn more about saving energy:

Australian Government - Energy cut guide for business

Australian Government - Energy basics for business

NSW Government - Energy management courses

NSW Government - Discounts and incentives (see more details below in Energy Savings Scheme)

About NSW Energy Savings Scheme

The NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) cuts electricity and gas use by creating financial incentives for businesses to be more energy efficient. It does this by making it cheaper for you to invest in an upgrade project to reduce your energy use.

How will this help my business?

It will:

  • Reduce your energy use
  • Lower energy bills
  • Reduce your environmental impact.

Save energy by installing LED lights

The scheme helps businesses replace old lights with new LED lights. The cost of the LED lights and the fee for installation is subsidised through an upfront discount from the installer.

Switching to LEDs will help you reduce your energy consumption. This means you can expect to see long-term cost savings on your bills. For example, if your business changes 50 halogen downlights to LED downlights, you can save up to $2,300 a year.

Approved suppliers

Head over to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment business rebates website and enter your postcode to find an approved supplier in your area. Approved suppliers for the Energy Savings Scheme are known as Accredited Certificate Suppliers.

Accessing the offer

When you contact an approved supplier, they will assess your lighting needs either by phone or in-person and give you a quote. When you receive a quote, the lighting offer discount should be clearly displayed. If it isn’t, you should request that it be included.

You will need to make a minimum payment for the lighting upgrade. For households, the minimum is $30 + GST. You may be required to pay more, depending on the design of your home and the services the supplier provides. It’s a good idea to request quotes from more than one supplier, to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Get the upgrade

Your supplier will send a licensed electrician to install the new lights. Old light globes, or any other equipment that is removed or replaced, will be recycled or disposed of by the supplier. This is to ensure that old, inefficient equipment is not used elsewhere.

Air conditioner and commercial refrigerator upgrades

Discounts also apply for upgrading to more energy efficient air conditioners and commercial refrigerators through the Energy Savings Scheme.


Managing waste has become an important topic in recent months with many businesses looking for opportunities to maximise recycling and minimise waste going to landfill. Did you know roughly 70% of the things in a business’ general waste bin can be reused or recycled? Good waste management can save your business money while caring for the environment.

Have you considered?

  • Taking advantage of the NSW Government's Bin Trim program that provides free help and support to businesses
  • Adding recycling services to your waste contract
  • Finding an organic waste collection service in your area
  • Reviewing your supply chain to source more recyclable products
  • Conducting a waste audit at your business
  • Disposing of your e-waste through drop-off or collection services.

Salon waste in bins

Learn more about improving your waste management:

EPA - Bin Trim Program

Woollahra Council - Trade Waste

Woollahra Council - Disposal and re-use guide

Woollahra Council - E-waste

NSW Government - E-waste

Planet Ark Business Recycling

For Cafes and Pubs

Responsible Cafes aims to reduce single-use waste by nurturing a culture of reuse and change behaviour.

Bye Bye Plastic have practical tips to help your businesses can reduce single use plastic items.

For Salons

Sustainable Salons is a social enterprise that redirects salon waste from landfill.


With water restrictions in place across Sydney, now is a good time to reduce your business’ water use.

By reducing water usage, your business can:

  • Reduce costs and find efficiencies
  • Reduce the environmental impact of your business
  • Improve the reputation of your business.

Learn more about reducing your water use:

Sydney Water Business Tips

Water Ratings on Products

Water Smart Products

NABERS Water Ratings

Australian Government - Water Management Plan