How 4 Aussie businesses are saving money with a simple energy switch

Lowering their power bills in under 5 minutes.

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Who said the first step is always the hardest? It turns out one of the most impactful ways to take climate action is also the easiest. Better yet, it could slash the price of your power bill.

Here’s the gist: by switching to a 100% GreenPower energy plan, your electricity usage will be matched with an equal amount of renewable energy added to the grid. That means you’re supporting Australia’s renewables sector and cutting your business’ carbon footprint.

GreenPower is usually charged at a premium, adding as much as $800 to the annual energy costs of the average small business.1 But to help businesses on the decarbonisation journey, Origin’s exclusive offer for Greener for Business members helps you get a great electricity rate with 100% GreenPower included at no extra cost* – and many are already benefiting.

Good for profit and the planet

“Doing business in today’s environment has never been more challenging,” said Karl Schlothauer, owner of Stitch Bar in Sydney and Pocket Bar on the Central Coast in NSW. “Rising costs of doing business, staff retention and getting people off the couch to go out are just some of the challenges.”

Pocket Bar in Terrigal, which has switched to GreenPower with Greener for Business.

By taking up our member offer, Karl is estimated to save almost $3,300 on his energy bills across his two venues over the next 12 months. And by switching to 100% GreenPower, he’ll be reducing his business’ emissions by around 46 tonnes – the equivalent of taking more than 20 cars off the road.

“Not only am I saving a considerable amount of money per year whilst enjoying price certainty, it also sends a message to our staff and guests that we give a $h!t about the impact we are having on the environment,” said Karl.

A quick and dirty clean tip

Nicholas Given, Principal at Ray White Clayfield, QLD, is another business leader who has made the switch, and he says the decision was “a no-brainer.” “It’s great to know we’re doing the right thing by the environment and we’re saving money too,” he said.

Over the coming year, Ray White Clayfield is estimated to save over $385 on electricity costs by changing to our member offer with GreenPower included. And importantly for busy businesses, the move takes a matter of minutes.

“The whole signup process was so quick and easy for us,” said Nicholas. “Electricity isn’t something we really think about day-to-day, so all we’ve done is agree to something that is a really great concept that saves us money and is better for the environment… it’s nice to be a pioneer of it all.”

Ray White Clayfield, which has switched to GreenPower with Greener for Business.

Sustainability made simple

There are several ways to support renewable energy, but it’s not like everyone has access to a roof to install solar panels. The beauty of GreenPower is that any business can get involved.

Figtree Physio in Wollongong, which has switched to GreenPower with Greener for Business.

“Our business had started to think about ways we could save money on electricity including looking at solar options, which we weren’t ready for at this stage,” said Llew Scott, co-owner of Figtree Physio in Wollongong, NSW. “So switching to GreenPower made sense to save significantly on our energy bills and to do our bit for the environment and climate change.”

After switching to our energy offer for members, Figtree Physio is estimated to save over $540 a year – and with a lot less effort than getting set up with solar. “In the end it was really easy to do with no catches,” said Llew. “It makes good business sense and we feel good that we can do our little bit.”

Get your business involved

Ready to switch to 100% GreenPower? Set up a free Greener for Business account to unlock Origin’s exclusive offer for Greener for Business members, providing a great electricity rate and 100% GreenPower included at no added cost.*

1. Typical GreenPower cost for small businesses calculated using estimated price range listed on GreenPower.gov and assumes annual small business electricity consumption of 10,027 kWh.

Comparative costs calculated using business’ annual electricity consumption and cost with previous energy provider, and estimated cost for same electricity consumption with new energy provider.

Estimated emissions saving calculated using annual energy consumption provided by business, and emissions intensity of 0.68 kilograms CO2e/kWh for electricity generated from fossil fuels based on values from Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

Estimated equivalent number of cars off the road per year assumes annual car travel of 15,000 kilometres and an emissions intensity of 146.5 grams/kilometre based on data from National Transport Commission.

*T&C: Available for small businesses – exclusions apply.


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