Free Energy and Resource Recovery Assessments

Free energy and resource recovery assessments for small businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

Find out how you can save money and make your business or organisation more sustainable with a free assessment.

About the program

The City of Adelaide is offering free energy and resource recovery assessments to small businesses and not-for-profit organisations to help cut energy and waste management costs while increasing energy efficiency and resource recovery.

The free technical energy assessment will identify opportunities and estimate potential electricity, gas and waste management bills savings.

The assessment will tell you which of City of Adelaide’s Incentives for Sustainability and other discounts schemes are available to help cover the cost of implementing the recommended changes.

Who’s eligible

To receive the assessment and be eligible for rebates on recommended upgrades, you must:

  • be located in the City of Adelaide local government area including the Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide (postcodes 5000 and 5006)
  • hold a valid ABN
  • maintain a valid lease or freehold
  • employ a maximum of 200 employees based on headcount not FTE
  • have a floor space no larger than 2,000 m2.

    Temporary accommodation services providers, such as AirBnB, are not eligible.

    How to apply

    Before you apply, please review the terms and conditions.

    Apply online

    To take part in this program, contact [email protected].

    Book an assessment

    If deemed eligible, you will receive a phone call to book a time for the energy and resource recovery assessment site visit.

    The experienced assessor will:

    • visit your premises to speak with a business representative and look at all the energy-using appliances, including heating and cooling and the resource recovery systems in place
    • review copies of energy and waste management bills
    • identify eligible upgrades
    • provide a report and Action Plan with recommended energy and resource recovery improvements.

    Take Action and mind your business

    Recommendations within your action plan will be linked to available incentives when available.

    The City of Adelaide offers cash back on a wide range of sustainable products and services. For more information on these rebates check out the City of Adelaide’s Incentives for Sustainability page.

    Note these rebates are only provided after the business has completed and paid for the upgrades.

    Frequently asked questions

    Experienced energy and resource recovery assessors contracted by the City of Adelaide will use a standardised methodology to identify the best value upgrades, tailored to your business.

    We have engaged a highly qualified team of specialists to undertake these assessments.

    The visit will typically take up to 1–3 hours, depending on the size of the premises. The assessor will walk you through their process and may provide you with tips on behavioural changes you can make while they are there.

    You will then receive a written report and Action Plan that estimates the upfront cost and savings of the recommended upgrades and changes.

    All costs and savings projections will be estimated by experienced specialist assessors. You will need to get supplier quotes to confirm.

    We strongly recommend that the person who is responsible for capital expenditure on the premises attends while the assessment takes place.

    The personal information submitted via the application form is provided to the energy assessor to enable the processing of your application. If all or some of the personal information is not collected the assessor cannot process your application. See the City of Adelaide privacy statement.

    In the City of Adelaide businesses can investigate the Incentives for Sustainability on funding for solar power, battery storage, and more.

    Building Upgrade Finance is available for environmental and heritage upgrades for commercial buildings in the City of Adelaide. This is a finance product providing long term, fixed rate finance with the ability to share costs with the tenant. Property owners in other areas can check with their local Council to see whether Building Upgrade Finance is available.

    Under the Retailer Productivity Scheme (REPS), business may be able to access discounts and offers for lighting upgrades and other products. Contact your electricity retailer or see the scheme’s Third Party Providers for possible opportunities.

    Where possible your report will link to the relevant incentives available to you.