Australia has some of the highest energy prices in the world and, with energy bills set to rise even further, the NSW Business Chamber has kicked off a state-wide campaign to help businesses save money on their energy bills.

The Illawarra Business Chamber’s Executive Director, Adam Zarth, said the 5in5 campaign aims to save businesses and residents across New South Wales an estimated $5 million on their annual energy bills over the next 5 weeks.
 
Businesses are being asked to utilise the campaign’s free energy comparison-and-switch service to make sure they’re on the best energy plan for them; saving money and reducing operating costs.
 
The 5in5 campaign is the Chamber’s response to the ongoing cry for help from small businesses.
 
“The Chamber’s last two Business Conditions Surveys identified that 90 per cent of businesses in NSW rank affordable and reliable energy as a top concern and, when it comes to immediate cost reduction priorities, energy has been ranked as the second most important issue.   
 
“We are facing one of the most challenging times in the Australian electricity market – higher prices are placing an enormous strain on business viability and household budgets. The current situation is unacceptable and unsustainable.
 
“We’ve already trialled our new free comparison service and we were shocked to discover that 8 out of every 10 businesses that signed up were not on the best deal.  What’s more, the average estimated saving is more than $1,800 on annual energy bills.* We look forward to the 5in5 campaign delivering real savings to businesses and households across NSW in the lead up to Christmas.
 
“We are making it simple for business owners to tackle one of their top concerns and, with support from us, show government and energy providers that we are united in our quest for affordable energy,” said Adam Zarth.
 
Businesses are being encouraged to join the campaign by visiting: https://energy.nswbusinesschamber.com.au/5in5.  
 
*Based on 796 NSW Business Chamber Energy customers who went through the full bill comparison service for business meters between 20 February 2018 and 1 November 2018.