Energy Management in Retail Stores

Source: Energy Information Administration, Major Fuel Consumption (Btu) by End Use, 2003

Energy Being Wasted
Lack of Energy Management and rising utility expenses are major costs for retailers, but the details are hidden in monthly utility bills or leasehold expenses. Heating, cooling and ventilation energy costs can be 30% or more of the total energy consumption Further, 70% of the commercial sector electricity demand is not under control of an energy management system (EMS).

What can be done?
You simply can’t afford to pass raising energy costs on to the retail customer, nor can you simply replace buildings and infrastructure assets. What else can be done? Cutting Energy Costs through Better Control Energy Management Systems (EMS) can enable the store manager to see all energy consuming zones and can easily identify consumption patterns that are not in line with the energy policy or typical pattern.

Energy Management Systems (EMS) will enable you to

  • Align enterprise and local energy/ business objectives
  • Compare Energy consumption patterns
  • Sub meter point of consumption (e.g. Lighting, HVAC, refrigeration).
  • Set policies based on occupancy and safety

Retailers are no longer operating blind in their efforts to adjust energy consumption to reduce peak demand. Actual information about how much energy each piece of equipment consumes over time equips them to intelligently manage their energy demand during peak hours. For example, the supermarkets are able to identify equipment that consumes most of the energy during peak time and adjust their operation. They can also track energy consumed by non-essential equipment.

Some Best in Class Examples
An international retail chain implemented a broad energy management system by deploying wireless networks in over 300 buildings in multiple countries. They aim to find and eliminate energy waste and to be able to better respond to energy peak demand. They look to reduce CO2 emission by 25% in the next 5 years. Another major retail chain, operating hundreds of supermarkets, is similarly motivated to deploy a system, over a span of just a few months.

Green is Good on Bottom Line
Businesses must carefully focus effort on doing what it takes to keep their customers. The energy they consume is a part of doing business, and most business hours are during peak demand periods. There is growing recognition that general wastefulness and non-essential load during peak periods is bad for business, bad for the utility operations and quality of service, bad for the general economy and bad for the environment.

Retailers can see real value in energy conservation that improves sustainability for both the planet and their business.

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