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Geissler’s Supermarket has teamed with World Energy Efficiency Services, a New England provider of turnkey energy-efficiency services, to implement a comprehensive set of energy efficiency technologies. The multistore engagement, which includes a completed lighting and mechanical retrofit at Geissler’s Windsor, Conn., store; an ongoing implementation at its Agawam, Mass., location; and auditing the company’s five remaining supermarkets for further energy-reduction opportunities, is set to save the grocer more than $350,000 annually, lowering its electricity use by about 30 percent.
After an energy audit at the Windsor store, World Energy Efficiency Services identified numerous ways to save energy through lighting, refrigeration and controls. As a result of implementing LED lighting, lighting automation controls, refrigeration equipment, variable frequency drives and HVAC controls, Geissler’s has cut its energy use in the Windsor location by 28 percent.
Key to this project, and to the viability of implementing these measures across all of the grocer’s stores, was World Energy Efficiency Services’ ability to work seamlessly with Eversource and the Energize Connecticut Small Business Energy Advantage (SBEA) program. Through this relationship, World Energy Efficiency Services could secure for Geissler’s the maximum incentive possible from the program – 50 percent – as well as interest-free, on-bill financing. These financing benefits are enabling Geissler’s to dramatically reduce its energy use without large capital expense.
“For years, we had been bombarded with energy offers by various parties, but finally we chose to work with World Energy Efficiency Services because they listened more, understood our business better, and showed us a clear, compelling path to savings,” said Geissler's President James Nilsson Jr. “In our business, reputation is everything, and we have found in World Energy Efficiency Services an energy partner who does what they say they are going to do and makes you want to work with them by delivering results. We like what energy efficiency looks like now at our Windsor store and are eager to bring these gains to all our Connecticut and Massachusetts locations.”
Mike Santangelo, VP of Worcester, Mass.-based World Energy Efficiency Services, added that “the grocery segment remains an industry ripe for energy-efficiency gains, and we continue to have success there by delivering comprehensive solutions – lighting, cooling, automation – and working in sync with all the major utilities to ensure our customers get the financial support they need to make their energy efficiency initiatives a winning proposition from day one.”