The Illawarra Business Chamber is today urging businesses, and the general
community, to take advantage of the free ‘NSW Business Energy Comparison’, in a bid
to combat cost pressures caused by rising energy prices.

The free tool allows users to submit their latest bill online at energy.nswbusinesschamber.com.au and request either an email or phone call to obtain an energy comparison.
 
Importantly, the service is available to all members of the Illawarra community, regardless of whether they are a member of the Illawarra Business Chamber.
 
“Over 50 per cent of Illawarra and South Coast respondents to our latest business conditions survey identified energy costs as their number one concern,” said Adam Zarth, Executive Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber.
 
“We see this as part of a multi-faceted approach to addressing energy costs, which sits alongside our advocacy to governments for long term changes in the energy market and a reduction in prices, and our support of private sector solutions, such as new LNG import terminal at Port Kembla, which has the potential to put downward pressure on energy prices in our region,” said Mr Zarth.
 
“This is a practical measure that is already helping businesses, their staff and the general public to get on the best energy deal possible.” said Mr Zarth.
 
The results of this service to date show that 81 per cent of consumers are overpaying for their energy usage, while 90 per cent of businesses have reported that higher energy costs have reduced profits.  So far this year, the program has identified average yearly savings for businesses of $1,500, and savings of up to $20,000 per annum for some big energy users, such as bakeries and car dealerships.  On average, the program has saved participating residents over $400 per annum.
 
“Our service helps businesses and consumers cut through the complex quotes that they are provided by energy retailers, which can make it practically impossible to compare and determine whether they are on the best deal or not.  Our service takes the guess work out of it.” said Mr Zarth.
 
Advocating for affordable and reliable energy has been a priority of the Chamber for
years.  Interested members of the community can book for a comparison call at
energy.nswbusinesschamber.com.au, by calling (02) 4229 4722, or getting in touch
with their Local Chamber of Commerce.
 
Media Contact:                   James Newton               0417 135 858
 
For further information, click here to view the document ‘What could you save with our energy bill comparison service?’