The word ‘retail’ covers a diverse range of businesses, but by its nature will generally suggest premises of some sort. And with them, the associated running costs. In the current financial and ecological climate, retailers are looking to reduce overheads wherever they can and managers around the world are being challenged to lower energy bills as a key element of cost control strategies.
The Carbon Trust gives a guideline of an 8 per cent saving based upon a 1 degree reduction in temperature. Ensuring that air curtains and over door heaters are shut down when shops are closed also delivers significant savings. The opposite applies in summer with customers wearing lighter weight clothes; setting the air conditioning at a slightly higher temperature will, again, serve to reduce energy consumption. Turning heating or air conditioning off completely for the final hour or so of trading makes relatively little difference to the air temperature within the store but cuts two hours of heating or cooling costs.
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Switching off the lighting in display units outside of hours has a two-fold benefit, not only reducing bulb replacement and running costs, but also reducing the heat in cabinets. Turning off units housing ambient products such as drinks and empty fresh sandwich display cabinets outside of opening hours is also important.
All of these relatively small and easy adjustments can make a significant difference to energy consumption and costs. In 2016, when companies are facing intense pressure in virtually every market sector, it is essential that every single cost be controlled insofar as is reasonably possible in order to help balance the books.
By Raj Sidhu, Pump Sales Direct