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Cutting energy expenses in your small business

Improving your energy efficiency can cut costs in your business – but it requires a clear strategy and commitment. Here’s how to get started.

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It’s no secret that there’s an energy crisis in South Africa. In fact, according to the Energy Minister, South Africa needs to cut its energy consumption by 10% to 15% to avoid a repeat of the rolling blackouts of 2008 that brought business to a standstill and cost the economy R50 billion, according to the National Energy Regulator.

Meeting your energy efficiency goals

Reducing your business’s energy consumption isn’t just a matter of a collective effort to side-step load-shedding. Making an investment in becoming more energy efficient can be beneficial to your business by:

  • Reducing expenses over the long-term
  • Increasing efficiency
  • Demonstrating your commitment to responsible and sustainable growth

As much as everyone is aware of the need for energy efficiency, it goes much deeper than switching out all the light bulbs in your office and replacing them with LED fixtures.

Making a real impact on your energy efficiency – and unlocking the considerable potential to save money – requires a sound strategy, all-round buy-in, effective implementation and ongoing management.

PSEE (Private Sector Energy Efficiency) is a project being implemented by the NBI (National Business Initiative). NBI specialises in energy efficiency in commercial and industrial sectors, suggests that implementing these six elements will help you reach your energy efficiency goals.

Resources for small business

If you’re a small company with a total energy spend of less than R750 000 a year, NBI is offering remote advice through their toll-free advice line, comprehensive website and energy efficiency awareness workshops that will enable you to spearhead your energy efficiency goals.

Examples of small businesses that qualify include:

  • Bakeries
  • Butcher shops
  • Laundries
  • Hair salons and spas
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Small manufacturers
  • Small industrial and commercial enterprises with high electricity and/or fuel usage.

Energy efficiency solutions

NBI specialises in improving the energy efficiency of businesses of various sizes by helping them to identify and implement energy saving measures. Their services include:

  • Energy savings
  • Energy intensity reductions (meaning less energy used per product or Rand of turnover)
  • Project implementation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improved economic competitiveness through efficiency
  • Capital investment in energy efficiency projects
  • Job creation and skills development through energy efficiency projects
  • Increased awareness of energy efficiency

Find out more at or call 0801 113 943 (Toll-free)

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