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Energy Efficiency Solutions for Grocery Stores
THE CASE FOR LOWER ENERGY COSTS
Energy efficiency is now more important than ever
Giving customers a quality shopping experience requires much more than a friendly door greeter or soothing music playing overhead.
The standard for a great customer experience is now also gauged on your ability to create a environment that delivers temperature, lighting and convenience amenities that demonstrate your commitment to environmental consciousness without impacting comfort.
To efficiently meet these demands, grocery stores around the country turn to the experts at Origyn International. We know the right energy-saving solutions that will lower your costs, help you deliver a consistently higher customer experience, and provide a better working environment for your staff.
Your customers AND staff will see and feel the difference.
KNOW-HOW WHERE IT COUNTS
You need experienced energy professionals that you can trust
Finding the right energy efficiency solutions is often either too confusing or outside your budget.
Origyn removes both of those barriers, making it possible for grocery store owners to achieve their financial and environmental goals through improved, profitable and affordable energy efficiency programs.
With over a quarter-century of energy efficiency experience, we’ve been solving energy challenges longer than just about anyone else.
SOLUTIONS THAT MAKE GOOD SENSE
The average voltage supplied in the U.S. is 493 volts – but most motors and equipment are optimized at 460 volts. So when the power company sends electricity to your store, that supply is almost always more than what you need – but the electric company still charges you for the entire supply.
And this is costing you money – and a lot of it – adding as much as 20% or more to your electricity bill. Plus, ‘overvoltage’ can dramatically shorten the life expectancy of equipment trying to handle the excess voltage (higher voltage is usually transformed into heat).
What you need is our power optimization program.
♦ By making sure you are only paying for the electricity your store actually uses – and nothing more – you can see electric costs drop an average of 5-15% (in some cases, we have seen this to be as high as 21%).
♦ Voltage-sensitive equipment – such as induction motors found in HVAC systems, pumps, exhaust fans, and even some types of older lighting such as halogens and incandescents – are very susceptible to sudden changes in electrical voltage, causing repeated stress and heat which ultimately can reduce their life expectancy.
With power optimization, equipment lasts significantly longer. That means lower replacement and maintenance costs – your equipment will operate as efficiently as possible at all times, while the long-term usability of that equipment will be maximized.
Store Management Systems
Building Management Systems (also commonly referred to as Energy Management Systems or EMS) make use of sensors and computer technology toward optimizing a stores’ energy use.
A Building Management System can be relatively simple, involving a sensor that triggers preset settings for heating and cooling, lighting, or appliance operation, or they can be highly sophisticated.
More sophisticated Building Management Systems can actually learn your store’s operations, calibrate actions based on multiple inputs, and communicate directly with utilities to identify optimal times to purchase energy. These systems can also greatly improve the execution of demand response and capacity reduction.
♦ Occupancy Sensors: When areas of your store are not occupied, sensors can automatically adjust both lighting and temperature, which helps prevent paying for energy consumed by an empty space.
♦ Peak Usage Monitoring: Nonessential equipment could be programmed to shut itself off when electricity prices peak, saving thousands of dollars every year.
♦ Central Management: Allows store managers to gain complete control over their entire store’s energy consumption from a single dashboard, helping them identify usage trends and consumption problems in real time.
For most grocery stores, lighting is a significant component of their electricity costs.
Lighting is also one of the most important energy factors impacting a customer’s shopping experience, because it is the most noticeable element of the store. When a customer walks into the store, the lighting immediately sets the environment for shoppers, which can affect how much time they’ll spend in your grocery store and how many items they will buy.
That makes upgrading your lighting an excellent place to look to reduce your costs and improve your profits.
♦ Although it can be a challenge to specifically pinpoint the exact monetary value of how efficient lighting impacts worker productivity, there is little doubt – and plenty of evidence – that staff are more productive if they are working in a better-lit environment with less glare, better color rendering and no annoying ‘hums’ or ‘flickers’.
♦ A considerable amount of electricity is produced by local power plants to power all those inefficient lights in your store, which then pumps tons of pollution into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming, acid rain, and many other environmental problems. By consuming less electricity through effecient lighting, your store can help reduce harmful emissions.
♦ Retrofit solutions commonly involve upgrading incandescent and fluorescent fixtures to more advanced, lower maintenance LED’s. Additionally, other solutions can include lighting controls, motion sensors, and adjustments to light color and intensity.
A grocery store’s HVAC system has large and consistent power requirements, and the key to grocery store HVAC optimization starts with the operation of the chillers and chilled water pumps.
♦ Lower Electricity and Maintenance Costs: Advanced chiller optimization is commonly recognized as a proven and reliable way for stores to reduce the amount of money you are paying to run and operate your HVAC and refrigeration systems.
Most existing HVAC systems waste money as they heat and cool a store. Chiller optimization can remove that inefficiency, increasing system capacity and delivering long-term energy savings.
♦ Improved Occupant Comfort: Advanced chiller optimization allows stores to regulate and maintain the right temperature with incredible precision. In some cases, our grocery store clients have reported as high as a 90% reduction in temperature complaints from both staff and customers.
♦ Environmental Sustainability: Advanced chiller optimization has been a sensible and proven path to helping our grocery clients achieve their environmental objectives – not only through reductions in energy consumption, but with the capacity to effectively measure and track energy consumption trends and proactively anticipated potential demand requirements.
Clean Indoor Air
We are now living in a COVID world. It has impacted every facet of our lives: How we work, shop, learn and live have all been altered in substantial – and likely permanent – ways.
Every grocery stores needs a solution that reliably provides pathogen control and breathable clean air. Onsite’s Clean Air solutions help you eliminate the guesswork from how to properly operate your store in today’s new COVID reality with a safe, healthy indoor air solution.
♦ Stores that are free of airborne allergens, bacteria, viruses, and VOCs contribute to improved staff performance, productivity, and satisfaction.
Many other ‘clean air’ solutions use ionization or ozone to help purify the air, which unfortunately can lead to harmful byproduct discharge. But none of our clean-air solutions use ionization or ozone to sanitize the air, making them safe and effective for use in any size grocery store.
Chances are, you are keenly familiar with companies measuring the performance of their products and services by comparing them with what their competitors are doing.
That kind of analysis has long been recognized as a smart process by companies of all sizes.
Energy benchmarking plays a similarly and equally important role for grocery store owners, because it helps ensure your store’s energy performance is on par with others in the area.
♦ Lowers your costs by giving you a look at where your store is spending energy so you can then pinpoint the areas that can help reduce energy waste and deliver immediate savings.
♦ Helps increase your profits because, let’s face it, if you’re paying less for energy they you’re putting more money back into the profit column.
♦ Benchmarking is an excellent way to use the gathered data gathered and then develop or improve a better energy management program, improve operational performance, or acquire financing for other projects.
Did you acquire a property or complete a large scale new construction or property renovation in the past few years?
If so, then you may have an opportunity to accelerate your return on capital from these investments through engineered cost segregation.
Engineered cost segregation is a tax procedure authorized by the IRS that allows you to significantly accelerate the depreciation schedule for a variety of assets and improvements.
Typically, buildings are depreciated on a schedule ranging from 27.5 to 39.5 years, yet many of the fixtures and improvements that make up the building can be depreciated in as little as 5 years! These improvements usually account for at least 20% of your property’s value, but for some properties this may be up to 50%.That can make a big difference in your cash flow.
The key is to identify where these opportunities exist in your property, and Origyn can help you do this through an engineered cost segregation study.
Fractional Energy Management
Your grocery store had different energy management needs as it moved through your growth stages.
Basic energy solutions may have been sufficient in the early stages, but as your needs have grown and expanded, you require more involved energy services that can grow along with you.
And with the rapid changes occurring in the energy-efficiency marketplace, it’s becoming even more critical to ensure your store is achieving the greatest level of energy savings available.
All that requires the skill and expertise of an experienced Energy Manager – someone who can help you successfully navigate the every-changing energy landscape.
A full-time staff energy manager or engineer is valuable – and expensive. But through Origyn’s Fractional Energy Management program, you can get the brainpower of a seasoned Energy Manager – but without the added cost of hiring one.
Outsourced energy management has revolutionized the way businesses handle their utility, energy efficiency and cost-saving initiatives. The Origyn Fractional Energy Management program delivers you peace of mind knowing you have the right energy expert to keep your store on the right path to maximizing both energy savings and long-term profitability.
UPGRADE WITH NO INVESTMENT
No Budget? No Problem.
If you have been putting off energy efficiency upgrades for your grocery store because you ‘just don’t have the budget’, Origyn International Services has the solution you’ve been looking for.
Through our Energy Savings as a Service program, your grocery store can receive energy efficiency upgrades like lighting, clean indoor air, HVAC, refrigeration, and much more – all fully installed and serviced – without risking any of your own capital.
Instead, Origyn will make the investment for you, freeing up your capital for other more pressing issues.
The equipment and installation costs are then taken from the new energy savings that are generated through the energy costs provided by the efficiency upgrades.
You enjoy reduced operational costs that come from lower energy utilization, plus no equipment or maintenance expenses – all without spending or risking any of your own capital.
To learn more about how Origyn International can help reduce the energy costs for your grocery store, simply fill out the form below, and one of our grocery store energy specialists will connect with you.