Energy management in retail

Energy management in retail
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Energy, Carbon
Wholesale and retail
Medium cost
Resource savings: Energy:
Implementing energy management plans can save retailers up to 20 % in energy consumption in the first year
Associated cost savings: Energy:
5 - 20%
Payback time:
Cost and payback time depend on activities implemented; many good practices have no additional cost; further investment in energy auditing and monitoring can be justified by resulting energy savings
Size of company:
Micro (less than 10), Small (less than 50), Medium (less than 250), Large (more than 250)
Advancement in applying resource efficiency measures:
What is in it for you:
Cost savings, reputation enhanced, carbon emissions reduced
Descriptive information:

The biggest savings in retail and wholesale can be made in areas where the energy consumption is highest, such as in lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

In each of these main areas, there are clear opportunities to save energy:

  • Switching off: all energy consuming equipment should be switched off when not required or in use; this can be done by staff, by timer switches or by adjusting building-control systems and need not cost any extra
  • Maintenance: a number of energy efficiency measures can be carried out as part of routine maintenance procedures at no extra cost
  • Refurbishment: when planning major store refurbishment, energy saving measures taken at this time can be extremely cost-effective

Implementing energy management measures in retail usually means:

  • Setting the energy management team or the responsible person
  • Understanding how energy is used by identifiying the major consumption points in the store
  • Identifying opportunities to involve staff
  • Developing an action plan, setting the targets or priorities for a given period (e.g. year)
  • Finding an energy specialist for actions that need expertise 
  • Implementing the actions, monitoring, comparing with baseline consumption, checking if targets have been reached, and adjusting

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