Energy-saving convenience store unveiled by Sainsbury's

British supermarket firm J Sainsbury is set to open a new Local convenience store featuring a number of innovative energy-saving measures.

The company estimates that the outlet in Bath will save approximately 27 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 15 years, as well as establishing "a benchmark for future environmental convenience stores".

LED lighting has been installed in the sales, staff and storage areas of the branch, while the main door is equipped with a heat recovery system to prevent energy wastage.

In addition, the store has an energy measuring system to monitor power use and a single switch by the last exit point can turn off the electricity supply to all equipment overnight, with the exception of chillers and alarms.

"We're really looking forward to opening the doors of our first environmentally-friendly Local in Bath," said Dido Harding, convenience director at Sainsbury's.

"As a company we take sustainability issues very seriously and are working hard to reduce energy, packaging and food waste," she added.

According to recent data from Energy Star, the average supermarket in the US spends over $200,000 (£122,000) in energy costs each year.

Published by Lisa Burke

Monday 2nd November 2009

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