Energy Solutions: A Guide for Grocery

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Valencia Liquor Shopped for Energy Savings

A small grocery, Valencia Liquor, found that a number of simple measures could add up to a big difference in their bottom line. Taking advantage of rebates for T8 lighting, compact fluorescent lights, strip curtains, and other small refrigeration upgrades, it saved 10% of its energy costs annually. With Time-Of-Use rates and Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) events, it’s the perfect time to learn about this grocery’s energy-saving achievements and apply similar strategies to your business.

Finance Your Energy-Efficient Projects

Several groceries have already taken advantage of energy-efficient equipment. To help your business receive these same cost-efficient benefits, we offer low-interest financing for qualified energy-efficient projects.

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Energy-Efficient Solutions and Tips for Grocery

Here are just a few of the energy-efficient programs and suggestions that our customers have employed to increase their cost efficiency. You’ll also find more energy-efficient solutions in our Supermarkets Fact Sheet and Small Grocery Fact Sheet and a complete list of all our qualifying energy-efficiency incentives and demand response programs by requesting our Solutions Directory.

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Lighting and Lighting Controls

Help improve your energy efficiency by better managing your lighting costs.

  • Use LED bulbs and LED exit signs
  • Install dimmable ballasts to lower energy use in fluorescent lamps
  • Change refrigeration display case lighting to LEDs, found to be more appealing to customers as well
  • Install inexpensive occupancy sensors so lighting goes out automatically in unoccupied areas

Your business may already qualify for incentives that could put these energy-saving upgrades into effect.


Maximize your energy saving by effectively managing your air-conditioning systems.

  • Install programmable thermostats
  • Install window film and blinds to keep the heat out
  • Switch to LED bulbs and decrease the amount of office heat and A/C energy use
  • Sign up for HVAC Maintenance

There are many more energy-efficient solutions for your business.

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Refrigeration and Cooking Equipment

  • Purchase new energy-saving equipment that more effectively manages your energy use
  • Install refrigeration curtains and auto door closers
  • Add temperature controllers and anti-sweat heater controls
  • Install nighttime display covers for open coolers
  • Upgrade to new, more energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® certified ovens, fryers, steamers, exhaust hoods, and exhaust hood controls for significant energy savings during down times
  • Switch to automatic sensor ice machines to turn off during TOU On-Peak hours or larger ones that make ice during TOU Off-Peak hours
  • Replace worn seals and gaskets on refrigerator and freezer doors, install automatic door closers
  • Install new, water-efficient commercial equipment to minimize water demand

Your business can benefit from even more energy-efficient equipment options.

Demand Response Programs (DR)

With these programs, receive bill credits for temporarily reducing energy use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. Choose the ones that best fit your operational needs.

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Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR)

Receive energy savings by using smart technology that effortlessly and temporarily reduces the amount of energy your business uses (known as “load reduction”) during a DR event. With Auto-DR, load reduction is automatic and reliable, so it’s easier to participate in DR programs to capitalize on program earnings and help lower your energy costs.

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No-Cost, Do-It-Yourself Tips

Here are some immediate ways to significantly reduce your business energy use.

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