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3 Easy and Inexpensive Energy Saving Tips for Supermarkets

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Depending on a grocery store’s location, lighting and refrigeration make up between 44 and 77 percent of total energy use.

Given that energy use translates to a large portion of a store’s energy bill, what steps can supermarkets take to reduce energy consumption without hurting the bottom line?

To help grocers better manage their energy costs, here are three straightforward energy saving tips.  

1. Turn off unused lights and equipment.

Turning off lights and other equipment like cash registers, computers, deli scales and cooking equipment can create significant energy savings. Encourage employees and coworkers to turn off lights when not in use.

Switching out light bulbs also offers efficiency benefits. Energy-efficient light bulbs — which include halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional lighting and can last up to 25 times longer.

2. Keep track of your HVAC system. 

It’s important to “tune-up” your HVAC system before each heating and cooling season. Even an ENERGY STAR-approved HVAC system can decline in performance without regular attention and maintenance. By conducting regular maintenance, you can save your store energy and money while potentially extending the life of your system.

3. Pinpoint energy waste. 

Understanding how your systems use power can be integral in identifying areas where energy is being wasted or where operations can be made more efficient. Install an energy monitoring system — such as the Panoramic Power™ Energy Monitoring Solution — which uses small wireless sensors to track how individual systems and machinery use electricity.

To learn more about how grocers can save on their energy bill, check out our “A Shopping Cart Full of Savings” page.  

Posted: February 17, 2016