Grocery and Convenience Stores

Grocery stores and supermarkets of all sizes are saving money by improving their energy efficiency with PECO.

Grocery stores and supermarkets of all sizes are saving money by improving their energy efficiency with PECO.

Grocery stores are the most electricity-intensive of all commercial buildings. In addition to lowering costs, energy efficiency improvements can enhance store appearance, improve aisle comfort, help prevent food waste and increase visibility in display cases. Our energy-saving solutions and financial incentives for upgrades make it easy and more affordable to achieve benefits that include:

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    Investing in energy efficiency can lead to long-term reductions in energy costs.

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    Simple upgrades can improve the comfort and productivity of your space for employees and customers.

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    Increase safety and security in your store and parking lots protecting your customers and employees.

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    Product Display

    Improve the aesthetics of your products through improved lighting and keep your products fresher longer with improved refrigeration.

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    Reduce maintenance time and costs by extending the lifespan of your equipment.

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    Enhance your brand reputation as a committed environmental and sustainability leader.

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PECO's Energy Saving Process

Your journey to increased energy efficiency starts here. As you progress through these tiers, you’ll discover even more ways to build a healthy bottom line while streamlining your operations.

Basic energy efficiency projects can make a big difference for grocery and convenience stores. PECO can provide a complimentary energy report to show you how to upgrade your equipment and build a healthier bottom line. Then, choose from instant lighting discounts and financial incentives for:

Interior Lighting

Create a comfortable shopping experience and display your products in an appealing way by installing LEDs in linear fixtures, refrigeration cases and exit signage.

Exterior Lighting

Lower costs, attract customers costs and keep your property safe with LEDs in flood lights, wallpack lights, parking lot lights, canopy lights and downlights.

Lighting & HVAC Controls & Schedules

Use occupancy sensors, dimmers, photosensors and programmable thermostats to adjust lighting and temperatures automatically in every aisle.

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A 40,000-square-foot grocery store can spend roughly $4,600 per month on lighting. With LEDs, store owners can save up to 75% of that cost. That’s equivalent to the profit margin from selling 1,000 loaves of bread.

Building on your progress, you can increase your energy savings with more advanced energy efficiency upgrades. Take advantage of financial incentives from PECO to make improvements like these:

Variable-Speed Drives (VSDs)

Add VSDs to motors for pumps, fans and refrigerator compressors to manage demand and maintain heating, cooling and air pressure levels.

Electrically Commutated Motors (ECMs)

Upgrade shaded-pole fan motors to ECMs on freezers and cooler evaporators.

Refrigeration Controls

Install floating-head pressure controls and evaporator and coil defrosters to optimize temperatures and air pressure in refrigerator cases—enabling response to seasonal changes in load.

Cold Air Retention

Keep perishables fresh and minimize energy loss with anti-sweat heater controls, gaskets, strip curtains and automatic door closers on freezers and refrigerators.

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Refrigerator doors with heater controls generate about 1,300 kWh in energy savings—almost the same as the profit margin from selling 750 cartons of ice cream.

At this stage, you’re creating a blueprint for maximum energy efficiency. Couple the improvements you made as a Savings Leader with the best financial incentives from PECO, and consider these possibilities:

Strategic Energy Management (SEM)

Work with specialists and employees to create an SEM and retrocommissioning plan to identify custom energy efficiency solutions for your store.

Variable-Speed Condensers and Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems

Increase refrigeration system capacity while reducing peak demand on compressors

Rooftop HVAC Units

Replace older units with variable-speed, economizer-enabled high-efficiency units to improve indoor air quality, control temperatures and humidity, minimize noise, save space and simplify HVAC repairs.

Custom Equipment

Implement energy-saving solutions including customized walk-in coolers/freezers, reach-in refrigerated cases and on-demand sealing technology.

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Electronically commutated motors in evaporator fans can generate annual savings of about $104 per fan—the profit margin from selling more than 2,000 gallons in milk.

Technology Profiles

  • Food Service Equipment

    Read more on the benefits of upgrading to ENERGY STAR® certified food service equipment.

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  • Refrigeration

    Read more on the benefits of upgrading to high-efficiency refrigeration equipment.

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  • Energy Management Systems

    Read more on the benefits of energy management systems for grocery and convenience stores.

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  • Advanced Lighting

    Read more on the benefits of upgrading to LEDs and advanced lighting controls.

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  • New Construction Customer

    Learn more about typical energy efficiency opportunities in new construction projects.

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  • Variable-Frequency Drives

    Read more on the benefits of installing variable-frequency drives on fans and pumps.

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Fact Sheets

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Customers can take advantage of new opportunities to make energy efficiency projects more successful with the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). For more information please visit the Clean Energy Infrastructure Program and Funding Announcements | Department of Energy .