Cutting energy costs for hotels

Small and medium hotels across Australia are receiving support from the Morrison Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more Australians and get ahead.

Through the $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program, over 440 hotels, motels and serviced apartment facilities have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 to undertake energy savings projects.

This will help lower their energy bills by upgrading to more energy efficient air-conditioning, refrigeration and equipment, improving the building through double glazing and insulation, carrying out energy audits or installing energy monitoring equipment.

These grants will help hotel operators to save on energy costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs, including for electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said Australia’s hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Morrison Government is committed to helping local operators get back on their feet.

“As we secure Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, backing businesses to get ahead is a key priority of the Morrison Government,” said Minister Taylor.

“These grants will help fund projects that will provide genuine and lasting energy savings that will reduce operating costs and have a positive flow-on effect for jobs and small businesses into the future.

“Over 85 per cent of the grants awarded will go to hotels in regional or remote Australia, providing a significant boost to our regions. This is good news for tourist destinations welcoming back visitors after COVID-19-related restrictions.”

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program was announced in the 2020-21 Budget and is part of the Government’s $1.9 billion investment in new energy technologies which will create new jobs now and into the future, reduce emissions and ensure all Australians have access to reliable and affordable energy.

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with up to 99 rooms were eligible to receive grants under the program.

The full list of successful applicants is available here: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/hotel-energy-uplift-program/grant-recipients

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