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Energy is a major operating expense for retailers. Across large retail chains, costs can vary from store to store even when accounting for differences in building age and type. This suggests that there are opportunities to dial down energy costs. We help our retail customers find those opportunities and implement the energy efficiency ideas that ring up savings.
But it’s not just about dollars. For many retailers cutting energy consumption is a way to address rising consumer expectations about using energy in way that’s better for everyone. Can we power our businesses efficiently, keep them comfortable and safe for our customers and still respect the environment? More shoppers think we should. We think we can.
Refrigeration and lighting as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, pumps, motors, fans and other equipment – how much energy is all that using together and individually in any particular retail environment? How does one system compare to equipment at other locations? With our circuit monitoring technology and communications software you have the answers on your desktop. Tracking a store’s energy consumption in real time right down to specific equipment and systems is critical for identifying, for example, why electricity bills at one location are larger than those from other sites. Is it better to retrofit a piece of equipment to be energy efficient or replace it with a new functionally richer alternative? Which energy efficiency project – installing LED lighting or investing in controls for refrigeration cases— should be tackled first to get the best payback on the investment? Real time circuit monitoring back up your decisions with precise data.
When the decision to replace heating and cooling equipment has been made, there are better options for maximizing energy efficiency. We can design and install a combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP) system built around a near-zero emissions microturbine that operates around the clock, generating electricity onsite and displacing power that would otherwise be purchased from the local utility. Our CCHP systems also capture waste energy to provide heat and cooling. And because they’re always running, when there’s a blackout you’re not in the dark as they keep working to supply electricity to critical systems.