Energy efficiency can help retail stores save energy and improve aesthetics. 
Whether you own a hardware store, coffee shop, or automotive retailer, energy efficiency can make a big difference for your business. Energy-efficient upgrades can lead to more comfortable customers and staff, better product displays, less maintenance, and savings on your bottom line.

Key Energy-Saving Opportunities

1. Efficient Lighting Design
Energy-efficient lighting can provide better aesthetics for your store and save you money. Indoor and outdoor LED lighting and controls use light and energy more efficiently, saving money and energy. LED lightbulbs are long-lasting and require fewer changes, freeing up maintenance time.

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2. Building Insulation & Weatherization Upgrades
Building envelope upgrades (increasing insulation, air-sealing, etc.) can be an effective way to improve the comfort of a store. Making improvements helps to both regulate the indoor climate (temperature control, air quality) and protect the interior from the outdoors (drafts, condensation).

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3. Heating & Cooling Equipment Upgrades
Heating and cooling are often the largest energy expenses at retail stores. By properly maintaining equipment or upgrading to high-efficiency systems, your business can enjoy long-term reduced energy usage, decrease equipment maintenance time, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a comfortable environment.

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4. Water Heating Upgrades
Hot water is often used every day in a retail store, and it’s a cost that can add up quickly. Upgrade to higher efficiency systems to lower heating expenses and decrease equipment maintenance time. 

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Case Study: True Value

One of the world’s leading hardware stores is estimated to save $6,325 annually and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with energy-efficient upgrades like the installation of new, seven-day programmable thermostats.

Case Study: Donut Dip

A popular family-owned donut shop that has been in the West Springfield community for more than 60 years saved $1,400 per year by upgrading its interior and exterior lighting systems to energy-efficient LEDs.

Not Sure Where To Start?

Looking for advice on how to save energy? The Sponsors of Mass Save offer no-cost energy assessments to support your efficiency projects from start to finish.

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