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1. Sensor

Occupancy sensors in stockrooms and toilets could save up to 30% on lighting costs.*

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2. Light

Establishing a basic lighting maintenance programme could reduce costs by up to 15%.*

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4. Chiller cabinet

Switch off drinks cabinets and save up to 25% of running costs.*

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5. Employee

Appoint an Energy Champion to draw up an action plan.*

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3. Heating

Reducing heating temperatures by just 1° could cut fuel consumption by 8%.*

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5 ways to make your outlet more energy efficient

From the front door to the back of the store, there are plenty of opportunities to check the energy efficiency of premises and identify where there are opportunities for savings to be made. For instance, does the door automatically shut after a customer enters ensuring heat is kept in? Is the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system set accurately so heat is not being wasted when the store is not open or kept cool unnecessarily when empty?

1. Switching off equipment open/close

Reduce energy wastage wherever you find it. For example, lights, heating and ventilation should all be switched off when not in use. Keeping stores bright and appealing helps draw customers in but consider lowering lighting levels for stock taking, replenishing and cleaning.

Occupancy sensors which turn on lights when someone is there are particularly good for stockrooms and toilets and could achieve savings of up to 50% on lighting costs.*

Fitting daylight sensors on internal and exterior lighting such as car parks and signage could help provide closer control and possible savings by making sure they only come on when it's dark outside and go off at sunrise.

They could often payback their costs in less than a year.

*Retail. Energy management – the new profit centre for retail businesses, Carbon Trust.

2. Get your lighting right open/close

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) will last up to eight times longer than conventional tungsten light bulbs. CFL’s have a similar light output to their tungsten counterparts and use only 20-25% of the energy.*

Without regular maintenance of artificial lights, windows and skylights, light levels in stores can fall by 50% in 2-3 years. Establish a basic lighting maintenance programme and you could reduce costs by up to 15%.* Replace blackened, flickering, dim or failed fluorescent tubes with Tri-phosphor coated ones. They provide a more natural, brighter light for the whole life of the tube. Modern fluorescent tubes with modern efficient fittings use less energy. They also eliminate flicker or hum and stroboscopic effect.

*Retail. Energy management – the new profit centre for retail business, Carbon Trust.

3. Turn down the heat open/close

Heating accounts for 40% of energy use in a typical retail environment, which means there are big opportunities to make savings. Some businesses could shave up to a third off their heating costs through the implementation of simple energy saving measures.*

In cold weather most shoppers will be in warm outdoor clothing, so in-store temperatures should be set so they do not become uncomfortably hot while in-store.

Open doors allow warmed air to escape and cold air to enter. Try to keep external doors open only at busy times if necessary.

Reducing heating temperatures by just 1% can cut fuel consumption by 8%.*

Check your system operating hours matches the times when heating, ventilation and cooling are required. You can probably turn off heating and air conditioning one hour before store closing without anyone noticing. Use simple time switches so this happens automatically.

*Retail. Energy management – the new profit centre for retail business, Carbon Trust.

4. Be cool about refrigeration open/close

Since the energy used by refrigeration can account for half of the total electricity bill in a small retail outlet, it pays to look carefully at ways of making equipment as efficient as possible.

There are many ways you can make refrigeration more efficient, from avoiding over filling shelves, ensuring insulating blinds and covers are used properly to checking that the lighting inside cabinets is turned off outside trading hours. Regular maintenance is also important to ensure door seals are effective on cold rooms, fridges and frozen food stores, and that condensers are free from dust. All refrigeration should be free from surrounding clutter that could restrict airflow around the units as this can lead to fridges and freezers consuming more energy than required.

Ensure you keep refrigerated produce at the correct temperature. Energy consumption can be reduced by 2-4%* if the set cooling temperature can be safely increased by 1°C.

*Retail. Energy management – the new profit centre for retail business, Carbon Trust.

5. Get employees involved open/close

All staff are important in saving energy so they must be made aware of wastage areas and be trained to operate equipment and controls correctly.

Every staff member has a major impact on energy use and they need to be aware of this.

Changing employee behaviour can have a real impact on your outlet's energy efficiency. Appoint an Energy Champion to take responsibility for initiating small-scale efficiency practices that will add up to a big difference over time. Set targets if appropriate – and draw up an action plan. Most businesses could reduce their energy consumption by 10-40%.* However, it is important to be realistic: many companies start with 5% per year.

*Retail. Energy management – the new profit centre for retail business, Carbon Trust.