Efficiency improvements at 621 7-Eleven stores in California, Oregon and Washington will cut energy costs by $1.2 million a year.
Blue Earth’s subsidiary, Castrovilla, installed anti-sweat heater controls, evaporator fan controls, door closers and strip curtains in 621 7-Eleven Stores in Washington and Oregon. These improvements are projected to save them 9 million kwh annually and reduce their energy expenses of about $9.5 million over the effective life of the equipment.
How did they do this? Well, they used rebates from numerous West Coast utilities to offset 100 percent of the upgrades performed. Therefore, 7-Eleven avoided out of pocket expenses which equated to $1.3 million dollars.
Blue Earth has been very busy in their endeavors. They just completed retrofitting 358 Carl’s Jr. restaurants in four states. They are estimating that their first year savings will be approximately $271,000 with a energy savings of 1,860,125 kwh. That is really cool!
7-Eleven opened an eco friendly store in Kyoto, Japan that was equipped with light emitting diodes that cut lighting energy in half. The store also had roof mounted solar photovoltaic panels which generated one third of the electricity. It was a success and 7-Eleven opened up 100 more stores just like it. It may take them 59 years to finish converting the rest of the stores in Japan but it will be worth it.
7-Eleven’s first “green” U.S. store opened in DeLand, Florida last year.
Now, all they have to do is to tackle the U. S. Stores in the same fashion. Of course, not all states have the same benefits that California or Oregon, but those that are close, I am sure 7-Eleven will take advantage of it.
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