Planning capital expenditures on refrigeration can help capture savings.

Return On Investment - ROI. The elusive monetary unicorn everyone is looking for.

  • Refrigeration systems consume up to 47% of the electrical usage within a grocery store.
  • Energy costs can account for up to 15% of a grocery store’s operating budget.
  • Planned capital expenditures to eliminate or retro-commission wasteful systems should be under yearly review.

Leigha Joyal, an energy analyst for Hillphoenix. “It’s important to maximize the dollars you’re spending now by leveraging rebates and incentives that can offset the cost of a refrigeration upgrade by as much as 40%. It’s also important to understand how much you’re likely to save on energy and water bills in the future.

 A Massachusetts supermarket replaced more than 40 single-condensing units with three modern, parallel refrigeration racks.

Store size: 40,000 square feet

Length of project: completed in phases over 9 months

Project cost: $234,800

Electric utility incentive/cost offset: $90,000

Annual energy savings: $107,996 (consumption dropped by 799,967 kilowatt hours, kWh, per year at a cost of 13.5 cents per kWh)

ROI: 1.34 years

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1.34 years to return their investment solely based on energy costs. New equipment also provides a major reduction in service requests, equating to a larger return over time and increased reliability, reducing downtime allowing your operation to run with an increased profitability.

A reduction in your operating budget is an increase in your marketing potential, employee wages and benefits, year-end bonuses or any number of future projects and growth opportunities not wasted due to old, failing, energy wasting equipment.

Whether you are a small, medium or large operation CES can tailor a retro-commissioning, maintenance or system replacement with Utility Rebate options, where available. CES also offers financing options through Unifi to help our customers through the process.

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Posted by Tim Wallick

Tim Wallick is an Operations Manager with CES and oversees the Refrigeration & Plumbing Services Teams. His teams perform on-site technical and operational support in the design, development, installation and maintenance of mechanical, plumbing and refrigeration systems.

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