03 Jul Energy saving in retail
Shops and stores use a significant amount of energy on a daily basis, from electricity to air conditioning and so much more – in 2016, it was reported that shopping centres consume £40million worth of energy a year and the top 15 alone emit 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 a year. Evidently, energy can be a costly expense for a business of any size but often there are small improvements that can made to help make significant differences to your annual energy bills and overall carbon footprint. For our blog this week, we’re sharing some top energy saving tips for energy saving for the retail sector.
Re-think your lighting
Stores are traditionally brightly lit as this way, they become more appealing to consumers. We’re not going to advise that customers walk around in a dark environment (unless that’s your store theme), but there are improvements that could be made. Starting with automatic detectors in the back areas of your store such as the stockroom and toilets so that the lights are only activated when needed. This can help save up to 50% in overall lighting costs. Also, consider switching to LED lightbulbs, which use 60-80% less energy while also lasting longer than traditional light sources as they could save you thousands throughout the year.
Set heating temperatures
N Power claims that heating accounts for an average of 40% of energy usage within a retail environment, which isn’t surprising. However, one way to improve these figures is to be strategic and realistic with your heating temperatures. For example, in the winter, your customers will most likely be wearing their warm winter layers so you won’t need to have the heating on full blast so stick to an optimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius. Reducing store temperatures by just one degree can have a massive impact on overall energy usage – a difference so small customers are unlikely to even notice, but you certainly will.
Carefully place your refrigerators
Did you know that moving fridges away from direct sunlight can reduce the amount of energy they consume? Carefully placing fridges is an easy but clever step to reducing energy consumption. However, more than that, you should avoid over-stocking fridges and ensure that food is kept at the optimum temperature and therefore, not lower than it needs to be.
Insulate your property correctly
Insulation within a retail property can prove invaluable. For example, by installing roof insulation, you can reduce your energy loss by 25%, saving money and reducing overall carbon footprint. Considering optimising energy efficiency and insulation at the building stage of property development would be the ideal approach, as two-thirds of a store’s energy is lost through the building fabric. Yet, you can always make positive changes further down the line. Review the range of insulation methods available and consult an expert to find the best ways to make simple but effective improvements.
Businesses have an overall responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and remain compliant with current rules and legislation. But aside from that, insulating correctly and therefore reducing your carbon footprint can have a positive impact on your bottom line and business profits. So, for more information about insulating your retail property and lowering your energy spend, contact SPMS today on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: 01656 818881.