Energy management in retail

Another part, in which we discuss the specifics of energy management, concerns the retail and retail chains. If you are in charge of energy management and play the role of energy manager for the retail (retail chain), you usually have a significant advantage over other energy managers. You manage a portfolio of branches, which is usually very easy to compare. Individual branches / shops are often the same in terms of size, number of employees and installed technologies. This feature as an energy manager you can use it to compare consumption per branch per m2, per square meter of sales area, per employee, or to compare branches and their consumption during opening hours and when the shop is closed. In the case of a large portfolio, benchmarking is always important and allows you to focus quickly on the most problematic branches, which also offer the greatest potential. We know from experience that also monitoring consumption outside opening hours is an absolute necessity that can detect considerable waste.

The most important appliances in retail are:

  • lighting

  • cooling systems

  • ventilation systems

If the branches are located in shopping centers it is interesting that the heating consumption, mainly due to the power of the luminaires, is very often quite zero, even in the winter months. All the more, however, stores consume energy to cool and maintain thermal comfort.

The main tasks of the energy manager in the retail sector:

  • avoid wastage outside the opening hours

  • detect accidents and poorly set technologies in time; introduce energy monitoring

  • actively try and search for new austerity measures that can be gradually deployed at all locations

  • conduct multi-round tenders for the selection of energy supplier

If you want to help with the setting up of energy management processes in the retail sector, implement ISO 50001 or put into operation energy monitoring, do not hesitate to contact us.