Challenges Supermarkets Face
Supermarket energy use is typically high all year round. All businesses should make every effort to reduce outgoings. A high electricity bill can eat into profits. Because of this, it is important to look into the main uses of energy to see what can be done.
The following examples explain why Supermarket energy usage is so high.
The lighting in supermarkets must be of high quality to make it inviting for customers. Natural light will typically be allowed to flood in from large front windows. But direct sunlight won’t be allowed to shine on perishable goods or other items that could be affected.
Strong lighting must be present throughout the shop. This will minimise the risk of dark areas. It also helps customers easily see the items they are shopping for.
Heating and cooling supermarkets throughout the year can be challenging. Heating through the winter can be affected by doors regularly opening and closing.
Temperatures must remain comfortable for shoppers to enjoy their experience. If the shop is too warm, it can affect the products and staff morale. Customers will also be more likely to leave.
During the summer, supermarkets may use air conditioning to make the shop cooler. Like the shop’s heating system, air conditioning units will have to work harder if doors are regularly opened.
Many supermarkets are also located in warehouse-type units. The largely open-plan area is typically challenging to keep at an optimal temperature. High ceilings can also be an issue.
Supermarkets rely on significant amounts of refrigeration to keep food and drink fresh. There are designated frozen and chilled sections in all supermarkets. These sections require significant amounts of energy.
24-hour supermarkets will face continuously high bills. Even supermarkets that close overnight must keep their chillers and freezers on.
Supermarkets have many essential energy needs. The following section will explore ways to improve energy efficiency.