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SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. Co., based here, said yesterday that it has put in place a series of initiatives created to conserve energy and reduce costs. The program includes using cutting-edge lighting technology; maximizing efficiency of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system; and optimizing building system controls.
According to Hannaford spokeswoman Caren Epstein, the aim of the measures is to preserve disappearing natural resources and limit skyrocketing energy costs. "While the changes should not be obvious to customers, they will help control at least one factor that contributes to rising food costs," she noted in a statement.
"Energy conservation is not a new initiative for Hannaford Supermarkets," continued Epstein. "We have worked with many energy services companies over the past 25 years to find ways to reduce both our use of energy and the corresponding costs."
Among the ways that the New England retailer has cut down on its energy consumption and bills are as follows:
--A fixed energy supply cost contract that ran from 1997 to 2004 saved more than $10,000,000.
--A lighting retrofit program resulted in a total savings of 142,000,000 kilowatt-hours from 1994 to 2002.
--The company's new-store construction employs energy efficiency in refrigeration and HVAC design. In particular, the refrigeration program takes advantage of the Northeast's cold winters by reducing condensing temperatures.
"We were also the first supermarket chain to employ cost-effective on-site generation of electricity," added Epstein. "This self-generation capability has yielded millions of dollars in reduced energy costs since 1998."
Further, Hannaford has signed competitive power supply contracts employing new approaches to refrigeration heat reclamation, LED lighting, and state-of-the-art power monitoring systems, as a result of which the grocer has lowered its energy costs.
Epstein pointed out that Hannaford is located in the area of the country with the most expensive electricity rates, so the company is always on the lookout for ways to reduce its energy usage and costs.
Delhaize-owned Hannaford operates 145 supermarkets and food/drug combination stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts. Hannaford employs more than 24,000 associates.