Cutting Energy Costs for Accommodation Providers in the South West

Small and medium accommodation providers across the South West are receiving support from the Federal Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more local people, and get ahead.

Through the $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program, three accommodation providers in the region have received grants.
• The Comfort Inn Busselton River Resort will be upgrading their air conditioners and lighting in the motel rooms.
• The Donnybrook Motel Motor Lodge will be conducting an energy audit and installation of energy monitoring systems.
• The Quality Hotel Lighthouse in Bunbury will be replacing and installing energy efficient lighting.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said
“Over 85 per cent of the grants awarded will go to regional or remote Australia, providing a significant boost to our regions.”

Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino said the grants will help fund projects that will provide genuine and lasting energy savings and reduce operating costs for local accommodation providers.

“These grants will help support local jobs for electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers” Ms Marino said.

This 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 to 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.

More information on the program can be found here https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/hotel-energy-uplift-program