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Your Business Can Enjoy Tasty Energy Savings

Energy costs eat into the profit of a business in the food and beverage industry unlike anything else. For supermarkets, lighting and refrigeration make up between 44 and 77 percent of total energy use, depending on climate.1

Restaurants surprisingly consume about five to seven times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings.2 What’s more, high-volume, quick-service restaurants use up to 10 times more energy per square foot than commercial buildings!3

If you don’t find those numbers appetizing, there are many energy-saving measures your business can take to maximize profits. The resources below can help you with managing your energy costs. 

Energy savings are also refreshing to the bottom line 

Energy spending usually represents only about one percent of the total costs for supermarkets, but that amount is equivalent to an average store’s profit margin. However, a grocery store can boost its profits by 10 percent simply by reducing energy use by the same proportion4. More impressively, a restaurant that reduces energy operating costs by 20 percent can increase its profit by as much as 33 percent5, according to ENERGY STAR.

To get started on energy savings, install the Panoramic Power® Energy Monitoring Solution. It uses small wireless sensors to track how individual systems and devices use electricity. Panoramic uploads this information to the cloud, where it’s available to you in real time through an easy-to-navigate desktop or mobile interface. This data can be used to identify areas where energy is being wasted or where operations can save on energy.

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Direct Energy Business can also show you how to buy less electricity from us for your refrigeration, lighting and cooling needs.

Using real-time insights into your supermarket or restaurant’s energy usage, we’ll create an energy-savings strategy for you that reduces electricity consumption and initiates new efficiencies. No matter your needs, Direct Energy Business has the energy products, solutions and expertise to meet the challenges of the food and beverage industry.

If you want to know more about energy efficiency or how to save energy, please contact us today.


1.National Grid E Source Customer Direct, “Managing Energy Costs in Grocery Stores,” 2002, E Source Companies LLC 
3. ibid
4. National Grid E Source Customer Direct, “Managing Energy Costs in Grocery Stores,” 2002, E Source Companies LLC

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