As climate change issues continue to dominate the global agenda, it is becoming increasingly necessary for businesses to play their part in reducing their carbon footprint. One of the most efficient ways to achieve this is by targeting net zero emissions – where a company cuts emissions to as close to zero as possible. This approach can reduce energy bills and contribute to a cleaner environment.
Retail stores can improve their likelihood of achieving their net zero targets by integrating an energy management system (EMS) into their facilities. Below we identify the top five ways an EMS can help reduce utility bills, gain operational efficiencies, and ultimately achieve net zero goals.
Reducing Energy Consumption
The first and most significant way to work toward net zero emissions is to reduce energy consumption. An EMS uses data collection and analysis to track energy usage in real time. This information helps identify usage trends and leads to the implementation of energy-saving measures, such as adjusting lighting and HVAC systems. An EMS can even automate HVAC and lighting schedules to automatically reduce energy consumption during peak demand times or when energy coming from the grid is the dirtiest.
Having access to real-time energy data enables store managers to take immediate action when usage spikes. For example, an EMS can identify when an HVAC unit malfunctions and begins drawing in excess energy to operate. A rapid response to these issues can save stores on energy costs and prevent additional emissions.
Smart Integration – Sensor Integrations
Incorporating smart IoT devices such as sensors into a retail store can streamline energy usage and help optimize energy efficiency. Retailers can use occupancy sensors to control lighting, air conditioning, and other appliances based on the presence of customers and staff. Another example is by using duct sensors to gather accurate and real-time data on temperatures and air quality.
Staff Training and Engagement
An EMS won’t be effective without proper training and support for staff. Encouraging team members to utilize these systems can help retail stores meet their net zero goals by training them on how to use the EMS properly, when to make setpoint (or temperature) overrides, and the importance of maintaining low energy usage.
Achieving net zero is an ongoing process. An EMS allows for continuous improvement by providing valuable insights into energy consumption patterns and identifying areas where further optimizations can be made. Regular evaluation and implementation of improvements ensure that retail stores stay on track.
Read GridPoint’s National Retail Chain case study to learn more about how your company can accelerate the transition to net zero.
Retail stores that wish to achieve a net-zero energy rate can experience more significant profits while doing their part for the environment. By integrating advanced energy management systems, companies have more control over their resources in-order-to reduce bills and accelerate progress toward negative carbon emissions.
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