Supermarkets are one among such businesses that have a paper thin profit margin at 1% of gross sales. With such thin profit margins, it becomes all the more important to cut costs while increasing net sales. One such area that most supermarkets focus on is energy. In North America, the energy spend of major supermarkets is again 1% of gross sales, meaning a 10% reduction in energy costs will directly translate into a 10% increase in profit margins. Supermarkets use more energy intensive than most commercial buildings. Refrigeration and HVAC systems typically account for around 70% of a supermarket’s energy. With its ultra-high impact to the bottom line, investing in energy efficiency has become imperative for supermarkets.
Star Energy is dedicated to helping retailers increase productivity and profits while reducing their energy consumption. Our Supermarket team has decades of experience in this industry sector and is well positioned to pick up and work with you and your team wherever you are in the Energy Efficiency process. Our comprehensive energy audits examine all aspects of a supermarket’s energy consumption. We examine utility bills, inspect refrigeration and HVAC equipment, review maintenance procedures and systems, and analyze building envelopes to accurately gauge your overall energy consumption and measure the environmental impact of your operation.
Armed with this information, we work with supermarkets to develop clear-cut, actionable energy and maintenance strategies. We not only identify various energy conservation measures but also provide retailers with tools such as project financing, implementation management, and incentive management to assist them in implement various identified energy conservation opportunities.
Solutions for increasing the energy efficiency of your operation include utilizing new technologies; replacing outdated and oversized equipment with properly-sized, high efficiency models; utilizing alternative fuel sources and developing no-cost and low-cost strategies to reduce the amount of energy you use, lower your carbon footprint and boost profits.
It can't be overstated that increasing the energy efficiency of your operation is the most effective way to reduce your overall operating costs. Retrofitting older equipment with new, energy-saving technologies is a cost-effective way to save money. For example, a major issue with retailers is scheduling and commissioning of various systems on the floor. Re-commissioning of all these systems could potentially result in approximately 20 percent annual energy savings. Replacing inefficient lighting with high-efficiency bulbs and installing timers and motion detectors can save up to 50 percent on lighting costs.
In addition to providing sustainable and practical solutions for increasing energy efficiency, Star Energy also provides training and tools for the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of energy use, which alone can reduce your overall energy costs by up to 15 percent.