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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, it’s the perfect time to learn about this grocery’s energy-saving achievements and apply similar strategies to your business.


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Business Energy Advisor

Your business has unique energy needs, and we have customized recommendations to help you manage them. Take a survey to get information about your equipment and energy use habits, and then build an energy plan to help you achieve greater energy efficiency and better manage your bottom line.

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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.

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.


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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Refrigerated Equipment and Cold-Storage Areas:

  • Maintain appropriate temperature settings in freezers (-8°F to -14°F) and refrigerators (35°F to 38°F)
  • Clean evaporator coils
  • Reduce air leakage in refrigerated cases
  • Add strip curtains to walk-in doors
  • Turn down refrigerated storage and refrigerant compressors
  • Turn off ice machines and reschedule dishwashing/laundry processes before noon or after 6 p.m.
  • Delay use of electric resistance defrost controls and the use of anti-sweat heaters

Hot-Food Preparation Areas:

  • Minimize preheating energy use by following manufacturer recommendations for preheat times and temperature settings
  • Set cooking schedules to use cooking equipment at full capacity
  • Unused and backup equipment can be turned off during low production periods
  • Reduce air leakage in ovens by making sure doors fit tightly and gaskets are in good condition

Offices and Back Rooms:

  • Make sure HVAC settings are at minimum settings during hours of low use
  • Turn off all office equipment and lights during non-business hours
  • Pre-cool work areas, then cycle ventilation and A/C units
  • Make comprehensive changes to industrial processes to reduce water consumption
  • Change industrial process water system to reuse processed wastewater
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