KILL a watt and save, with the Regional Development Fund for FNQ and TI launching a new initiative to challenge businesses and community organisations as part of their Tropical Energy Saver Project.
The target is to save 20 per cent of electricity consumption, which will help out small and large businesses who have faced 47 - 78 per cent tariff cost increases since 2008.
The prices are not expected to go down anytime soon and project manager Keryn Malone said their Kill-a-watt initiative is a way to empower businesses to gain control of their consumption.
‘‘We are delivering a range of regionally appropriate and industry specific energy information via our project website and allocation 24 seminars across the region over 2014 and also offering heavily subsidised energy assessment within the work place,’’ Ms Malone said.
‘‘We are offering level-one audits at $99 which is roughly 80 per cent off of the recommended retail price and level-two audits at $990, which is a 50 per cent subsidy.’’
Ms Malone said it is not unreasonable for businesses to aim for a 20 per cent reduction on energy consumption through low cost and no-cost solutions, but that figure could be even more.
‘‘We are, however, setting our goal at 20 per cent being saved and are getting bit of a competition going on amongst Councils with out Local Government Area challenge - there will be prizes available at the end of the process for whoever has achieved the biggest savings in Councils - the website will enable to recording of the data,’’ she said.
The Local Government Area Challenge is from March 1 to November 30.
For more information go to kill- awatt.com.au or call 1300killawatt (1300 545 529).