Five Simple Ways to Winterize Retail Facilities

Energy Manager Today

Black Friday – it’s the day retailers anticipate all year; the official start of the holiday shopping season. In 2012, Black Friday generated more than $11 billion in sales and brought 307 million shoppers to the stores; and 2013 is shaping up to be even bigger: more sales, customers and hours. Extended hours of operation means increased profits—and increased energy consumption. In a typical retail building, lighting, heating and cooling account for between 69% and 84% of total energy consumption—which are all intensified during the holidays. While the added cost is more than justified by the revenue, there are a few simple ways that energy and facility managers can ‘winterize’ their facility to prepare for the influx of holiday shoppers and be as energy efficient as possible throughout the colder season while maintaining a comfortable environment…

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