Friendly Grocer, Stuarts Point, Saves Money with Energy Efficiency Solution
To tackle rising energy costs and save his business money on energy, Brett Groundwater decided to participate in the Sustainability@Retail program that offers Metcash businesses an energy audit, customised site solution and ongoing monitoring. SEDAC Energy Management (SEDAC EM),as Metcash’s Sustainability Partner, audited Groundwater’s Friendly Grocer site and designed a low-cost solution with a 2.9 year payback.
This Friendly Grocer site differed from other larger grocery stores since it had multiple stand alone refrigerated cases and a low level of energy consumption for HVAC. So, SEDAC EM design a solution which greatly differed from solutions designed for larger grocery stores. “SEDAC EM took the time to understand my site and the amount I wanted to invest in energy efficiency, and they designed a great solution to suit my needs” stated Groundwater.
SEDAC EM focused on reducing the consumption of the freezer and coolroom lighting systems. Additionally, SEDAC EM optimised the existing refrigeration system, highlighted maintenance issues, and implemented a solution for the stand alone refrigerated drink cases.
Profits Protected, Reduced Impact of Rising Energy Costs
When asked about the results of the energy efficiency installation, Groundwater stated “An analysis of my electricity bills from before and after the SEDAC EM installation clearly shows the reduction in energy consumption. The reduction in my consumption has limited the impact of rising electricity costs on my business.” The solution will save Groundwater $4,480 this year!
SEDAC EM’s Holistic Solution for Friendly Grocer, Stuarts Point:
• Lighting Optimisation
LED Lighting installed in freezers and cool rooms.
• Refrigeration Optimisation
Optimisation of the existing refrigeration system and control installed for stand-alone fridges.
Solution proposed to save 14% of the total site’s total consumption:
Capital Cost: $13,003
Savings Proposed pa: $4,446*
Payback: 2.9 Years*
*SEDAC EM does not factor in expected electricity price increases, reduced maintenance costs or government grants into their payback calculations.