The decline in the Australian manufacturing sector has been a catalyst for business to explore new strategies for innovation, coupled with expansion to overseas markets.
T&O can assist in procuring the best priced contracts, whilst also exploring opportunities to cut costs through efficiency initiatives and renewable technology.
The food processing sector is one of the few strong manufacturing sectors in Australia, and had the most consistent growth trend, of all sub sctors since 2013. Energy contract negotiation and energy use audits are but two ways T&O can assist in increasing operational effectiveness.
Agribusiness experiences cost adjustments through the flow-on effect of its input prices, such as equipment, chemicals and, of course, energy. T&O offers a wide range of energy management services – from procurement to efficiency measures.
The property sector, in response to the fluctuations in the global and national economy, has faced some challenges recently. With property prices falling, commercial occupancy rates at a low and commercial investment receding, property sector management is more cost focussed than ever before. The impact of increased network charges and the additional cost of carbon only highlight this further.
Fortunately, the property sector has a variety of initiatives with regard to efficiency to help curb the cost impact of electricity; T&O is well positioned to assist in both efficiency and procurement measures.
National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, tenancies and homes. Put simply, it measures the energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor environment quality of a building or tenancy and its impact on the environment.
Buildings with high NABERS ratings are now valued in the marketplace, attracting higher valuations, and enjoying lower operating costs. A NABERS rating allows businesses to improve operational efficiency and productivity, demonstrate their commitment to protect and conserve the environment as well as optimise the triple bottom line – financial, social and environmental outcomes.
For more information, please visit http://www.nabers.gov.au.
Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
Launched in 2002, the GBCA is a national, not-for-profit organisation that is committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia by encouraging the adoption of green building practices. It is uniquely supported by both industry and governments across the country. Green Star rating tools help the property industry to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, improve occupant health and productivity and achieve real cost savings, while showcasing innovation in sustainable building practices.
For more information, please visit http://www.gbca.org.au/.
Australia’s retail sector has experienced vast challenges during the global economic downturn. With consumers opting for cheaper alternatives overseas and online, there is more pressure than ever on local businesses to remain competitive. 11.98 million Australians currently shop online. The forthcoming National Broadband Network will only enhance this market place. Reviewing energy costs is just one way to help restore the balance for retailers in Australia. By looking at how much you pay and how much you use, T&O offers cost-effective and energy efficient solutions for the retail sector.
The introduction of carbon pricing, in addition to increases in demand and network charges, has introduced further price rises. While the consumption component of a large contract energy bill remains negotiable, real gains are set to be had in regard to energy efficiencies. Solutions to reduce carbon footprint and energy usage are set to be the real drivers of intelligent energy management.
T&O Consulting is now offering expert advice and services to the small business sector across Australia. Multiple electricity retailers are now competing with a range of discounts to secure small business customers in all states of the NEM, with the exception of Tasmania.
Small business (or SME) usage is generally classified as less than 160 MWh per annum. This is true in all parts of the NEM, except for Queensland, where usage is classified as below 100 MWh per annum. Retailers usually bundle SME energy charges together on bills to appear as one larger rate. This doesn’t allow SME users to truly see what the proportions of each component are on their bills.
T&O Consulting can assist the small business category find the best possible solutions for their energy needs. We currently engage with national franchisees and retail groups and closely review the best possible offers in each state. We assist small businesses through assessing their usage category, analysing electricity bills, calculating annual usage and offering solutions to reduce your energy costs, not just through contracting but through energy efficient products and options.