Energy Smart Cafes

Cut your energy bills and emissions with the Energy Smart Cafes Program

Jointly run by Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils, this free initiative is helping local cafes save money on their electricity bills and reduce carbon emissions. The program is now in its next round and is calling for eligible cafes to apply.

What does Energy Smart Cafes involve

Energy Smart Cafes makes it easy for your café to save electricity and money by providing free independent advice and technical support, including:

  • A simple energy assessment to show you ways to reduce your equipment energy use and provide recommended cost-saving actions tailored to your cafe
  • A comprehensive refrigeration health check and tune-up by an expert fridge technician that will come to your café.
  • A qualified electrician to install to install timers on your coffee machine and/or hot water system to switch it off overnight when not in use and then switch it back on the next morning
  • An energy price comparison of your electricity and gas bills by an independent energy broker
  • Celebration and promotion activities to share your story to inspire other cafes to join the program
  • Water-efficiency assessment through checking your fixtures and devices for leaks and water efficiency.

Energy Smart Cafe Pathway

What are the benefits for cafes?

Energy is a major cost for cafes with many local café owners spending between $8,000 - $20,000 per year on electricity and gas.  This free program will help reduce your operating expenditure and prolong the life of your equipment and save you money on your energy bills. By reducing energy consumption, you can also collectively help reduce our region’s carbon footprint.

Find out more

Energy Smart Cafés is open to all cafes in the Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Council areas that have not had any major renovations or refurbishments in the last 5 years.

Please click here to complete the Expression of Interest form or for more information contact Jodie Savage on 0468 589 251.

Last Updated: 5 April 2023
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