For independent grocers and the wholesalers that serve them
Over the years there have been many products and some procedures aimed at reducing energy use. Not all of them work equally well. What has worked for you and what has not? I'll start with the easy…Continue
Thanks to section 179 of the US tax code, in 2011 you can write off 100% of the purchase price (up to $2,000,000) of qualifying equipment from your gross income in the tax year the purchase is made. This works particularly well with energy efficiency equipment when you combine this major tax deduction with utility incentives and lease financing.
For example, say your ten store chain implements $200,000 of energy efficiency upgrades. You are able to get utility financial incentives…Continue
What do Whole Foods, Meijer, Best Buy and the Mall Of America all have in common? They have all implemented charging stations for electric vehicles in pilot locations. Some charge a fee and others offer charging for free. The free services are expected to decrease over time as the number of electric vehicles on the road increases. It takes longer to charge a battery than it does to fill up with gas and customer cars spend regular amounts of time in retail parking lots. As such, electric…Continue
It’s hard to believe you can reduce your cost of electricity or natural gas with the stroke of a pen…but it’s absolutely true. Here is what you need to know about getting the most out of customer choice utility programs. These programs have been available in most industrialized states since 1999.…Continue
People often ask me, "What's the best choice I can make to improve energy efficiency in my store?". Over the years the answer to this question has been different ranging from night covers to T8 lighting to anti-sweat heater controls to ECM motors to LED lighting. One common trend for food retailers is that the popular energy efficiency upgrades always have something to do with lighting or refrigeration...probably because these two items comprise the bulk of grocers electricity…Continue