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By Allison Asplin on May 10, 2013 with 3 responses

Retailers Chase Energy Efficiency for a Competitive Edge

Walgreens says that lighting retrofits completed at 80% of its locations nationwide not only saves money, but also improves the customer experience.

Walgreens says that lighting retrofits completed at 80% of its locations nationwide not only saves money, but also improves the customer experience.

When it comes to energy efficiency, retailers are on a roll. Convenience store chain Wawa announced last year that it saves over $1 million a year in energy costs thanks to an LED lighting retrofit. Nationwide department store Kohl’s saved $50 million in energy costs over four years and has continued to improve its energy performance with lighting and energy management systems upgrades.  As a result, Kohl’s claims, “we have one of the lowest energy usages per square foot in the retail industry.”

Walgreens, the country’s largest drugstore chain, recently completed lighting retrofits at 80% of its locations nationwide. The company said this change not only saves money, but also improves the customer experience: “Colors appear more vibrant and more like they would in daylight, so customers don’t need to second guess themselves in the cosmetics aisle.”

For retailers like these, energy efficiency offers an edge over their competitors. It’s about the bottom line, pure and simple.

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