Grocery and Convenience Stores

Whether you operate a supermarket, grocery store or convenience store, you know that refrigeration uses a lot of energy and that translates into high energy bills. Grocery & Convenience Store Fact Sheet PDF

While the food-sales industry shares with other business sectors the same concerns over the cost of lighting, heating and cooling, operating appliances, etc., what sets it apart is its high dependence on refrigeration. For grocery stores and convenience markets, refrigeration energy costs can account for up to 60 percent of the total electricity consumption. Upgrading refrigeration equipment and controls can cost-effectively cut energy use by 30 percent or more.1

The benefits of energy-efficient upgrades are numerous

  • Reduce energy and water costs
  • Increase customer and employee comfort
  • Enhance light and air quality
  • Reduce maintenance and extend equipment life
  • Contribute to a more sustainable future

Earn cash incentives

Grocery and Convenience Stores can take advantage of Delmarva Power’s standard incentives for installing new, energy-efficient equipment. Cash incentives are available to customers planning unique equipment and system upgrades and industrial process improvements. If you are planning energy-saving improvements that are not eligible for standard incentives, you may be eligible for custom incentives.

Delmarva Power pays cash incentives for qualifying energy-efficient improvements, such as:

Additional incentive opportunities

  • Operations & Maintenance Training incentive
  • Technical support and cash incentives are offered to owners and design teams for new construction, major renovation, and building addition projects.

Additional savings

Enhanced incentives are offered through the Small Business Program. If your building has a monthly demand of 60 kW or less over a twelve month period, you may be eligible for a Quick Energy Check-Up(QEC) and enhanced incentives. The QEC and the installation of low cost measures (up to $250) will be completed at no additional cost by a Small Business Trade Ally of your choice.

Project Snapshot

Grocery and Convenience Stores can take advantage of Delmarva Power’s standard incentives for installing new, energy-efficient equipment. Cash incentives are available to customers planning unique equipment and system upgrades and industrial process improvements. If you are planning energy-saving improvements that are not eligible for standard incentives, you may be eligible for custom incentives.

 ECM MotorsAnti-Sweat Heat Control (Freezers)Lighting UpgradeHVAC Unit ReplacementCOMPREHENSIVE Project - Bundling All Measures
Project Cost$2,668$2,840$5,625$18,625$29,758
Annual Energy Savings (kWh)8,0335,28512,3018,95034,569
Annual Energy Cost Savings2$1,205$793$1,845$1,343$5,185
Existing Bldgs Incentive$1,150$200$984$2,170$4,504
Payback1.23.32.512.14.8
Small Business Incentive$2,300$400$1,560$4,000$8,660
Payback (YRS)30.33.12.210.64.1
2Average price of electricity = $0.15/kWh
3Payback = (Project cost - incentive) / energy savings

Get started today

Identify energy-efficiency opportunities in your facility and analyze their energy impact and cost-effectiveness. Incentives are available to assist with ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit as well.

If you need technical assistance in completing an energy-efficiency project, qualified contractors from our Trade Ally Network are available to assist you. To find a trade ally in your area please visit Trade Ally Network.

Learn more about:
Program Eligibility and Application Process
Eligible measures and incentives for Existing Buildings Projects
Eligible measures and incentives for New Construction Projects/Major Renovation Projects

1Source: ENERGY STAR®

These programs support EmPOWER Maryland administered by the Maryland Energy Administration.