Jon Dee, founder of Planet Ark and Australian of the Year 2010 will speak to local businesses about how to reduce energy costs at a free workshop to be held on Tuesday 16 June from 10am-1pm.
Book for the Cut Energy Costs For Your Business session here.
The workshop, organised by the Council on behalf of the Hume Business Champions Network, will offer participants the chance to hear cost-saving success stories from local and national businesses, including local sawmill operator Ryan and McNulty which will offer tours of its operations.
“Most people have no idea how easy it is to reduce their energy bills,” said Mr Dee.
“I heard from a motel owner who listened to me speak recently and immediately afterwards did the number one thing I recommend to businesses which is to call up their electricity company and ask for a better deal,” he said.
“Within an hour and a half of hearing that advice, they had saved $5,400 on their energy bill after the energy company offered them an 18% discount.
“Small businesses can easily reduce their bills by a third and in my cases up to two thirds.”
Mr Dee has been instrumental in founding many organizations including Planet Ark, National Tree Day, Rock Aid Armenia and Ban the Bulb. As the current Managing Director of Do Something their campaigns include National Op Shop Week, Ban the Bag, DoSomethingNearYou.com.au, FoodWise.com.au and SavePaper.com.au.
Mayor Cr Justin King said that he hoped local businesses would embrace the opportunity to hear from Mr Dee about ways of reducing their energy costs.
“The Council is pleased to be supporting an event that can support local businesses to improve their financial position in an environmentally responsible way,” Cr King said.
The workshop will be held from 10am – 1pm at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning at 89 Sydney Road Benalla. Spaces for a tour of Ryan and McNulty are limited so bookings are essential. Visit www.benalla.vic.gov.au for more information or call the Economic Development team on (03) 5760 2600.
The Hume Business Champions Network is an initiative of Sustainability Victoria, supported by Benalla Rural City Council, Mansfield Shire, Greater City of Shepparton, Shire of Campaspe, City of Wodonga, Strathbogie Shire and GOTAFE. The network helps businesses to cut costs through energy and materials efficiency. Through a series of site visits to local business champions, the network encourages businesses to learn from each other about practical steps to save money.