Small changes can have a huge impact on small businesses. These 10 City of Port Phillip businesses found out just how much when they took part in an energy audit.
When the City of Port Phillip council invited around 200 local businesses to take part in a free sustainability audit, it’s fair to say they weren’t bowled over by the response.
Eventually, 10 businesses agreed to have their energy management, as well as their waste and water, put under the microscope.
Local business owner, Stephen Nash of Chapel Corner Tyres was one who agreed to take part in the energy assessment.
“I’m always sceptical when someone wants to take my time to investigate something because I don’t have a lot of time,” he says.
“But I agreed to take part, and it was well worth it.”
The City of Port Phillip contracted energy auditor Graeme Ambrose to work with the businesses to see how they could operate in a more sustainable and energy-efficient way, and reduce their environmental impact and energy bills.
In addition to Chapel Corner Tyres, Graeme worked with businesses including a restaurant, a pub, two florists, a hairdresser, a children’s gymnasium and a theatre.