LEDs for business

LED lighting is by far the most energy efficient type of lighting available. Changing over your old lighting for LEDs can save hundreds of dollars on energy bills per year, so it’s a no-brainer. Although they can cost more to install the savings stack up in a very short time frame and there are several mechanisms in place to help businesses with the initial upfront cost*.

LEDs last longer than incandescent lights

According to the New York Times LED lights are good for up to 50,000 hours of illumination, compared to a maximum of just 2,000 hours for older lights. For a business that means they not only save on energy usage but on maintenance and replacement costs too.

LEDs can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

LEDs use less electricity, so if your power still comes from fossil fuels then using LEDs is a win for the environment.

LEDs can provide a more appealing light and increase productivity

Studies show that ensuring your business has adequate and pleasant light levels can improve concentration and productivity from your team.

You can read more about how lighting affect productivity in this article and this article.

*Help with the upfront cost of replacing lighting

Under state government schemes in both New South Wales and Victoria certain businesses qualify for varying levels of rebates on lighting replacements.

The following categories of businesses that qualify are:

  • Education
  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Offices
  • Retail
  • Showrooms
  • Supermarkets

You may also be eligible for funding through Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs). EUAs are a council based funding mechanism in Victorian and NSW. EUAs are set up to help building owners, tenants and investors finance environmental upgrades such as LED lighting, insulation and solar energy.

The basics

  • Building owner agrees to upgrades
  • Building owner, council and finance provider enter into an EUA
  • Finance provider advances funds for the upgrade
  • Council collects repayments through a rates based system and then passes the repayments through to the finance provider
  • The building owner can ask the tenants to contribute or cover the cost of the upgrades through the savings made on their energy bills and running costs

 EUAs can offer excellent ways for businesses to:

  • Reduce running costs
  • Install renewable energy systems, such as solar
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improve working conditions

At present, council areas offering EUAs include:

Victoria

  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Greater Geelong
  • Greater Shepperton
  • City of Maribyrnong
  • City of Melbourne
  • Moreland City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula
  • South Gippsland Shire
  • Wyndham City Council

And currently setting up:

  • Brimbank City Council
  • Dandenong City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council

New South Wales

  • Blacktown City
  • Lake Macquarie City
  • City of Newcastle
  • North Sydney
  • Parramatta City
  • City of Sydney