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Energy Solutions: A Guide for Retail

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Nordstrom Wears Energy Efficiency Well

Nordstrom committed itself to taking steps to better manage its energy use. By participating in the Automated Demand Response Program, it not only received $526,000 in incentives for technology upgrades but also experienced a 3.5% reduction in use per square foot annually. With Time-Of-Use rates in effect, it’s worth looking at how to apply similar energy-saving strategies to your business.


 

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Business Energy Advisor

For more highly customized recommendations about energy-saving equipment and solutions, schedule a free personalized consultation with one of our advisors.

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Finance Your Energy-Efficient Projects

Several retailers 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 Retail

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 Large Retailers Fact Sheet and Small Retailers Fact Sheet, and a complete list of all our qualifying energy-efficiency incentives and demand response programs by requesting our Solutions Directory.

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
  • Install inexpensive occupancy sensors
  • Install sensory controllers on vending machines
  • Upgrade to new-generation, low-wattage T8 lamps and fixtures


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


Cooling

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
  • Install sensory controllers on vending machines or shut them down for a short period


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


Energy-Efficient Equipment

Purchase office equipment that more effectively manages your energy use.

  • Upgrade to high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® certified office equipment
  • Install water-conserving toilets and faucets in public restrooms


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.

  • Take advantage of day lighting options and reduce lighting levels
  • Turn off excess cash registers and computers
  • Pre-cool work areas, then cycle ventilation and A/C units
  • Charge batteries and battery-operated equipment prior to TOU On-Peak hours, then use only pre-charged equipment during TOU On-Peak hours
  • Make comprehensive changes to industrial processes to reduce water consumption
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