Three practices to save energy for your grocery store
Running a grocery store requires a lot of energy. At the end of each year, electric bills consume a big portion of a grocery store’s budget. This makes saving energy for grocery stores a priority.
Here is a look at three practices you should consider adopting for your grocery store if you want to save energy and lower your electric bills.
1. Install airfoils in your refrigerator doors
Many grocery stores use refrigeration units with doors to contain the cold air inside. Using doors allows your refrigeration units to work less hard to keep the air cool. However, every time the door is opened, cold air escapes and the refrigeration unit needs to generate more cold air.
In grocery stores, this can be a costly problem since many people open refrigeration doors throughout the day. The solution to this problem? Using airfoils.
Airfoils deliver a blast of air when you open a refrigeration door. This air acts as a barrier to seal cold air in the refrigerator and keep out hot air from outside. This can reduce your energy consumption rates by a lot in the long run.
2. Maintain your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
Besides refrigeration, the most energy consuming part of your grocery store is likely your HVAC. However, HVAC energy consumption rates can be lowered by regularly cleaning and servicing the various parts of your HVAC system.
Take care of your HVAC by:
- Adjusting temperature during peak hours and downtimes
- Changing filters every month
- Cleaning coils and fans
- Checking for strange sounds
- Checking for leaks
One of the best ways to take care of your HVAC is to schedule routine maintenance service. A licensed professional can visit your grocery store and deep clean your HVAC system. He or she can also examine your system for potential errors or areas requiring improvement.
3. Use LED lighting
A simple way to lower energy consumption in your grocery store is by switching to LED lights. LED lights consume much less energy than incandescent lights, and they last much longer. Fluorescent lights are also a good alternative to incandescent lights.
Contact Energy Optimization for grocery store optimization services
If you operate a grocery store and would like to reduce how much energy it consumes, you should talk to one of our team members at Energy Optimization. Our energy professionals can visit your grocery store to identify various ways you can save energy and help you implement solutions. Contact us today to learn more about our energy optimization solutions.