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Retail energy savings

From identifying new energy saving opportunities, to providing financial support and technical expertise, we’re here to help you slash your energy costs and grow a greener business.

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Energy is a significant cost for any business. For retailers managing energy costs effectively is often a key success factor - and finding energy efficiency improvements can be a big boost to the bottom line.  Successful retailers take energy management seriously and have done so for many years. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t energy efficiency improvements that can still be made.

Our team of advisors find considerable annual savings for the retailers that we advise. 

Arrange your free energy saving assessment

If you are an SME and based in Scotland, simply fill in the form below or call us on 0808 808 2268 and we’ll arrange a suitable time to review your operations and produce a confidential report highlighting your top energy savings opportunities.

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Helping to meet customer demands

The trend towards greener living means that shoppers are seeking out retailers who support their lifestyle and share their values. Also, a third of consumers seek out brands based on their social and environmental impact. Going green makes good business sense and helps protect the environment by reducing your carbon impact. That’s never been more important than now as we all look to play our part in addressing the climate emergency. Get ahead of the curve with our guide which shares how you can become a greener retailer and boost your profits.

To turn up the volume on your efforts, you might wish to make a Resource Efficiency Pledge.

Do feel free to ask for a retail pack which will encourage staff and customers to help you meet your environmental ambitions.

Three key areas for retailers to cut energy use and save money

Lighting

Lighting can account for as much as 20% of total energy bills in retail - even more if there are evening shifts.  Luckily, the future for lighting technology is bright with continual improvements to newer, more energy efficient lighting products coming to market.

If you are looking for some bright ideas for saving energy with your lighting, our guide provides a host of case studies and throws some light on quick, easy solutions.   

Heating

It’s official that the last decade was the hottest on record. Despite that Scotland experiences the lowest temperatures in the UK making space heating essential. Optimal heating not only provides a comfortable environment for customers and staff, but it also ensures that sales and productivity levels are not affected by seasons or outdoor temperatures.  

Did you know that heating can burn up half your energy bill?

Take back control by reading our guide on how to save money and energy on heating your workplace

Refrigeration

Grocers, convenience stores, supermarkets, butchers and bakers rely on refrigeration.  For some, this will represent their single biggest energy cost. While upgrading to modern, energy efficient systems will help save energy and money, there are things you can do to make the most of the equipment you have right now – and give rising energy bills the cold shoulder.

Retailer case studies

We have supported many retailers with free energy assessments to help them identify ways to reduce their energy, and carbon footprint. Here are a few examples:

  • BookSource took better advantage of daylight ceiling panels and capitalised on the latest high bay lighting technology to substantially reduce energy costs by over £16,000;
  • By purchasing an air source heat pump and new refrigeration units, the Day-Today store are now set to save over £3,000 a year on energy costs;
  • Wholesaler Bar One Clothing used the SME loan to install rubber seal strip curtains and new LED lighting, saving £1,900 and 9.5tonnes of carbon emissions a year;
  • A showcase project, the Scotmid Co-operative Moredun store in Edinburgh was one of the first and most innovative major resource efficiency retrofits in the UK.

 Popular energy efficiency projects in convenience retail are lighting, refrigeration and ventilation.  Here are some examples;

  • MC Stores in Girvan saved £3,000 per annum;
  • Village Store cut energy costs by £2,000 a year and carbon by 4.5 tonnes.

“I'm very happy and grateful for the support and the SME Loan. The advisors provided great assistance and support throughout and made the process easy for me. I don't think it would have been possible without this step by step support and guidance.” 

Jaspal Singh, Owner, Village Store.

  • Co-Chomunn na Hearadh (Harris Community Shop) on the Isle of Harris invested in high-efficiency refrigerated display cabinets, reducing energy use by around 40% and saving £3,750 per year;
  • Goldenacre Mini Market reduced annual energy costs by 30%, saving almost £1,800 each year, by upgrading refrigeration and lighting.

Regulatory information

  • Scotland will be the first country in the UK to introduce a deposit return scheme for drinks containers. Consumers will pay a 20p deposit on single-use drinks containers, which they'll get back when they return the empty bottle or can to be recycled. All retailers that sell drinks will have a legal requirement to accept returns of empty drinks containers for recycling. We've created a guide for retailers about the deposit return scheme;
  • The Waste (Scotland) Regulations have been in effect for a few years and will affect your business, no matter its size;
  • The Carrier Bag Charge (Scotland) Regulations requires all retailers to charge a minimum of 5p for every single-use carrier bag.  All retailers, large or small are encouraged to sign up to the Carrier Bag Commitment. The voluntary agreement asks retailers to commit to donating proceeds of the charge to good causes in Scotland, particularly ones which benefit the environment; and to record the number of bags sold and how the money was used through a central portal.
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