Supermarkets are one of the busiest businesses in operation today. They are open for at least eight hours a day and sometimes longer, which means increased energy usage. In addition, they have to leave their fridges and freezers running day and night to keep produce and food fresh. With climate change on so many people’s minds and energy prices rising, it’s becoming crucial for supermarkets to reduce their energy usage wherever possible. Here are a few tips to make it simpler.
It might seem like a no-brainer, but there are a lot of stores out there that do not utilise energy efficient lighting. You might spend a little more on the globes, but energy efficient LEDs can last much longer than traditional light bulbs and often provide a better quality of light.
While we’re on the subject of light, make sure you clear the windows. Most supermarkets have a large windowed entrance or front of the store. It won’t be enough light for the whole store, but you can save on lighting at the front of the store. Natural lighting is also known to improve moods and energy levels, meaning happier and harder-working employees and grateful customers at the checkout.
In a hot city like Darwin, it’s impossible to run a business like a supermarket without air conditioning. Aside from the discomfort your customers and employees might experience, excessive heat can make produce go bad faster. Air conditioning costs can run high, which is why you need to make sure your air conditioner is operating at optimum level. Here’s what you can do:
Keeping food cold or frozen is one of the biggest unavoidable energy costs that supermarkets experience. Fortunately, there are a few different things you can do to help reduce energy usage, such as:
It can be hard to reduce energy consumption in such a big business like a grocery store, but by just installing a few new light bulbs and making sure that your air-conditioning, fridges and freezers are running efficiently, you could save a lot of money. Schedule regular maintenance, upgrade old units and keep everything clean. If you invest in these few things now, then you could save a lot more in reduced energy costs later.
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