Kroger Opens Energy-Efficient Store in Ohio
Since grocery retailer Kroger began its energy conservation campaign in the early 2000s, it has reduced its annual electricity consumption by 1 billion kilowatt-hours, The Enquirer reports. Denis George, an engineer and corporate energy manager at Kroger, says that annual savings from energy conservation is about $120 million.
But a new store in Ohio’s Miami Township has the most energy-efficient features to date.
Here are a few examples: 100 6-foot skylights provide natural light into the 75,000-square-foot store, light sensors located on the roof and inside the store control overhead lighting as needed, energy-efficient T-8 fluorescent tube lighting is used in the store, electronic motion-sensing switches turn off lights in all the work areas behind the counters, CFLs are used over many of the food storage compartments and displays, and exhaust fumes from the frozen-food freezers are directed into a Therma-Stor Heat Recovery System for heating water.
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