Grocery & Supermarkets

Supermarkets and grocery stores are some of the most energy-intensive businesses in commercial markets and make up 95% of the food and beverage sales in the U.S. On average, supermarket energy costs are $4 per square foot. For a typical 50,000 square foot store, that equals approximately $200,000 in energy costs annually. Lighting, heating, and refrigeration alone account for nearly 90 percent of a grocery store’s energy consumption. With energy costs on the rise, supermarkets and grocery stores must continue to find ways to keep costs down in order to offer competitive product pricing.

Expertise and Experience in Supermarkets

Since 1998, Prism Energy Services has been a leader in cost- and energy-saving solutions for the grocery industry. Prism’s in-house team of experienced engineers, auditors, and technical experts possess an intimate knowledge of the complex mechanical and electrical building systems—including refrigeration—found in supermarkets and grocery stores, as well as the optimization of their performance.

Cost-Effective Solutions

Typical energy efficiency measures we identify for supermarkets and grocery stores include:

  • LED lighting, interior and exterior
  • LED cooler lighting
  • Simple and advanced lighting controls
  • Refrigeration
    • EC motors and controls
    • Anti-sweat heater controls
    • Customized controls
    • Defrost controls
  • High-efficiency HVAC equipment
  • Specialized HVAC controls
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Demand controlled ventilation (DCV)
  • Energy management systems
  • Building envelope improvements
  • Water conservation

Our goal is to provide an attractive, appealing environment, with a focus on maintaining tight control of space and refrigeration temperatures. This ensures customers are comfortable and that food is properly stored to prevent/reduce spoilage. To achieve this, we communicate and coordinate closely with management to implement a customized project schedule. This is especially important when working with supermarkets and grocery stores that are open 24/7 or long hours. We ensure that the installation of our recommended energy efficiency measures cause little to no disruption of normal business operations.

Financial Analysis

Our mission is to implement the most cost-effective and technically sound solutions with concierge-level service. Our engineers and technical experts develop and present organize a customized, transparent presentation that outlines the following:

  • Executive summary
    • Project cost
    • Utility incentive
    • Energy savings
    • Cost savings
    • Out-of-pocket cost
    • Payback and ROI
    • Tax benefits
  • Detailed written scope and cost breakdown

Our Work

Prism Energy Services has a proven track record of evaluating, designing, and implementing energy efficiency measures for the grocery store sector. Over the years, Prism has saved supermarkets and grocery stores millions of dollars in energy costs by installing more energy efficient lighting and mechanical equipment. Some of our satisfied customers include:

  • Shaw’s
  • Shop N Save
  • Goretti Supermarket
  • Park ‘n Shop
  • Kappy’s