If a business wants to be economically competitive and profitable, it has to manage the energy demand that is derived from its activity. Otherwise, it may incur in unnecessary expenses or affect the quality of its services. That is why it is so important for the store to be economically efficient.

There are some key concepts to consider; for example, not all businesses generate the same consumption as every business has different energy needs. Another aspect to consider is the geographic location and the season. Depending on the average temperature of the place where the facility is located, and the available daylight hours, we will apply some energetic measures or others. Despite these differences, there is a common element: all of them can achieve the energy savings target, only by the implementation of the necessary measures.

What are the strategies or saving measures that can be taken?

  • Lighting. Using an efficient lighting can save up to 30%. We have to take into account many more aspects for a store than for a house (lighting, local areas that we want to highlight, lux level, etc.) Also the type of lighting or auxiliary equipment will be different according to the business needs. So, opting for efficient and energy-saving equipment (such as LED lights), must become essential if we want to have an efficient business.
  • Natural light can and should become the greatest ally in the seek of energy savings. If possible we should make the greater use of natural light, thanks to the use of windows, doors, skylights, etc.
  • Auto-off systems and presence sensors. By using these systems we will prevent unnecessary lights-on. Moreover, not only the lights will stay on for less time, resulting in lower energy waste, but equipment will suffer less wear, which means significant savings in medium and long term.
  • Air conditioning, heating and ventilation. Proper air conditioning and ventilation are essential to ensure comfort inside of the building. It is necessary to have efficient equipment and these have to meet with the necessary periodic checks in order to ensure their proper activity.
  • Insulation. It is one of the most important part. Without a proper insulation the costs of air conditioning equipment would significantly increase. Insulated walls, floors, ceilings, windows and doors will be basic and almost obligatory if we want to get the required tightness to reduce energy waste. In order to achieve this, we will have to repair cracks and fissures of the facade, insert air chambers between the facade and the interior of the building, replace doors and windows by others with higher insulation (double glazing, automatic doors to insulate and to maintain the temperature inside), install items that protect from the sunlight, etc.

Applying these measures to reduce energy consumption is a considerable initial outlay, but in a relatively short time, we can achieve great savings in both energy and economic terms. In addition to contribute with the environment, employees and customers will see increased their welfare through improvements in their surroundings.