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Grocery and Convenience Store

In a typical grocery or convenience store, refrigeration and lighting represent almost 80% of total energy use. Energy costs can account for up to 15% of a grocery store’s operating budget. Because grocery stores’ profit margins are so thin—on the order of 1%—every dollar in energy savings is equivalent to $59 in additional sales.* There are many opportunities to improve the efficiency of refrigeration and lighting components, and reduce operating costs.
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Next, consider upgrading older, less efficient equipment and installing controls on lighting and building equipment. Many of these upgrades are eligible for incentives that can reduce capital costs and shorten the payback period, such as:

Optimize Refrigeration

Optimize Refrigeration

There are several technologies that can be considered, including:
• Installation of anti-sweat heater controls
• Installation of smart defrost controllers that initiate defrost cycles based on actual ice buildup versus those that run on timers
• Addition of strip curtains to walk in units
• Add display case shields to open cases overnight and on holidays

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Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Lighting is critical to creating ambiance and making merchandise attractive to shoppers and high-quality lighting design can reduce energy bills and drive sales.
• Replace all interior and exterior bulbs with the low-energy equivalent — LED bulbs can save up to 80 percent on the cost of lighting
• Replace refrigerated display case lighting with LED lights and add occupancy sensors
• Replace electric advertising signs and emergency exit signs with LED equivalents

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Optimize HVAC System

Optimize HVAC System

As shown above, HVAC accounts for approximately 10% of the energy consumption in the average retail business. Options for improving energy efficiency include:
• Replace older, less efficient HVAC units with packaged rooftop units
• Install HVAC controls, such as programmable thermostats, digital economizers, demand controlled ventilation, and enhanced ventilation controls

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Install Lighting Controls

Install Lighting Controls

Whether occupancy sensors or the addition of skylights and daylighting controls are a better option, controls to adjust lighting levels as needed can produce large energy savings.

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Real World Savings

Small Grocery Store

Small Grocery Store

Project Description

Addition of Anti-Sweat Heater Controls

  • Equipment Cost: $1,995
  • Incentive: $1,320
  • Annual Savings: 45,012 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: Less than 2 Months*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Large Grocery Store

Large Grocery Store

Project Description

Refrigeration Optimization on Condenser Fans and Controls

  • Equipment Cost: $13,202
  • Incentive: $4,575
  • Annual Savings: 91,517 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 11 Months*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Grocery Store

Grocery Store

Project Description

Installation of EC Motors

  • Equipment Cost: $17,406
  • Incentive: $5,860
  • Annual Savings: 117,219 kWh
  • Payback with Incentive: 1 Year*
*Payback calculated using $.10 / kWh electricity cost

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration

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Sodexo is the designated program implementer for commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs for FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities. This website is maintained by Sodexo
The costs of energy efficiency programs are recovered through customer rates in accordance with PA Act 129 of 2008. For a complete list of commercial, industrial, residential, and low-income energy efficiency programs, please visit energysavePA.com. FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities, their parents, subsidiaries, employees, affiliates and agents assume no responsibility for the performance of the equipment or equipment warranty, the quality of the work, labor and/or materials supplied, and/or the acts or omissions of any contractor.