How Grocery Stores Can Reduce Energy Costs NOW was prepared for client Kaivac.
This is why, commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers were federally mandated to make their systems 30 percent more energy efficient by 2017.
These more fuel-efficient systems can save grocery and convenience stores as much as $12 billion annually in energy costs.
However, many older systems are still installed in stores around the country.
But, according to Mike Perazzo with Kaivac, manufacturers of cooler and display case cleaning systems, “we still can take steps to help reduce energy consumption, in all refrigeration systems.”
Among Perazzo’s recommendations are the following:
- Install anti-sweat (ASH) controls. With ASH controls, display refrigerators sense the relative humidity in the air around the display case, adjusting the amount of power needed to maintain cooling accordingly.
- Add auto-closers. Added to walk-ins, these reduce energy waste by ensuring that doors are sealed tight.
- Check door seal integrity. The ongoing opening and closing of display doors reduce the tight bond needed to keep cool in and hot out.
- Add night covers. Night covers installed on refrigerated display cases overnight decrease cooling needs during off-hours.
- Install LED bulbs. These bulbs use less energy than traditional bulbs, perform well in colder temperatures, produce less heat, last longer than most other bulbs, and tend to show off products in a more flattering light.
- Check temperature settings. “Set and forget” temperature settings usually ends up wasting energy. Check temperature settings regularly. Freezers should be kept at -14 to -8 degrees (F); refrigerators between 35 and 38 degrees (F).
- Regularly clean units. Dirty or clogged condenser coils are a leading cause of refrigeration inefficiency. “Many retailers are surprised to learn that improperly cleaned and poorly maintained refrigerated display cases can drive up energy costs, in some cases, 35 percent or more.”
In the past, the cleaning of cooler and display case refrigeration equipment often required calling in an outside service.
However, Perazzo says, “with new cleaning technologies, this can be handled in-house, making this another cost savings.”
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About Kaivac, Inc.
Kaivac is the developer of the No-Touch Cleaning® and OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning systems. Headquartered in Hamilton, Ohio, Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker. Kaivac offers an integrated portfolio of environmentally friendly cleaning products designed to remove the maximum amount of soil and potentially harmful biopollutants in the most cost-effective manner possible.
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