Retail energy saving checklist

Retail Energy Saving Checklist

9 things retailers can do to save energy on lighting, heating, cooling and more

Energy represents one of the largest costs for retailers and with the recent increased costs could be the difference between staying profitable or not. Taking proactive steps to reduce energy consumption, should be a priority for retailers both in terms of saving money, CO2 and becoming more sustainable.

Here are 9 things that most retailers can adopt to deliver energy savings:

1/ Switch off all non-essential lighting out of business hours. Install timers to help with this
Potential saving: 10% of lighting costs

2/ Install photocell controls to switch off some lighting on brighter days
Potential saving: 20% of lighting costs

3/ Replace traditional lighting with LEDs to reduce operating and maintenance costs
Potential saving: 50% of fluorescent and CFL lighting costs

4/ Experiment with switch-on times for heating and air conditioning – switch off well before closing
Potential saving: 20% of heating and cooling costs

5/ Ensure thermostats are set correctly – heating should switch off at 20°C and cooling should not operate until 24°C
Potential saving: A 1°C reduction in temperature during the heating season can save 8%

6/ Install time schedules on HVAC systems to run during opening hours and stop when closed
Potential saving: 15% of HVAC costs

7/ Turn off unnecessary equipment during the day and especially out of ours to reduce heat build-up – install a LMO switch to turn the power off if applicable
Potential saving: 5% of energy costs

8/ Check roof and wall insulation levels and improve wherever practical to save heating
Potential saving: 5% of energy costs

9/ Walk around at different times of the day and during different seasons to check when heaters and coolers are running
Potential saving: 5% of heating costs

Implementation and support in your business

To help you, please download the printable MPS Retail Energy Saving Checklist and use it for your own store whilst agreeing to an action plan of improvements.

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