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Business Energy Guide: Retail

Retail businesses have unique needs and narrow margins, so energy savings can make a big difference, even for smaller storefronts. We can help you cut costs with our Energy Management Solutions. These are solutions that can save you money while building a better shopping ambience and experience, and even boast a greener store your environmentally conscious customers can feel good about.

Energy Efficiency Solutions


Retail businesses use the largest percentage of their electricity on interior lighting. Our Energy Management Solutions offer incentives to help you make upgrades that could mean smart savings. Here are just a few of the many solutions to consider:

  • Sensors and Controls
  • Dimmable Ballasts
  • Metal Halides
  • LEDs

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Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration

Cooling and ventilation also consume a considerable amount of electricity in retail buildings. Take advantage of incentives now, and save energy and money over time.

  • Heating-Ventilation-Air Conditioning (HVAC) Optimization
  • Electronically Commutated Motors (ECM)
  • Variable Frequency Drives
  • Electric Heat Pumps
  • Chillers

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Demand Response Programs

Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to retailers for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. From our Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or less or with a Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or more, which rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures, to the year-round Demand Bidding Program and Capacity Bidding Program, your business may benefit from participating, while benefitting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools.

Retail by Numbers4

  • Retail buildings in the U.S. spend more than $18.8 billion on electricity—more than $13.7 billion of which comes from malls.
  • On average, lighting accounts for 32% of energy used in U.S. non-food retail activities, whereas refrigeration accounts for 60% of food related items.
  • Enclosed and strip malls use more energy than non-mall retail buildings, accounting for 62% of U.S. retail floor space but 72% of energy expenditures.
  • California is home to more than 13,764 shopping centers.
  • Nearly 40% of food sales buildings have cooking capabilities.

1E Source: Retail, www.esource.com
2E Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2008 www.esource.com
3E Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2008 www.esource.com
4Infogroups ORC on Demand Research 2010