Auto Dealers


Overhead and energy costs can greatly be reduced to improve your profits. As an energy-intensive industry, thousands of dollars can be spent per year to operate facilities. Here are some tips to put your energy into profits:


  • Install CFLs or LEDs into all your lighting fixtures

  • Install automatic door closers on all exterior bays and pedestrian doors

  • Install occupancy sensors for all storage, conference rooms, and restrooms

  • Install, upgrade, or tune-up your heating and cooling equipment


For more ways to save, refer to the ENERGY STAR Auto Dealer Guide.


Grocery/Convenience Stores


Many of the energy-related issues seen in most business sectors are similar- but what sets the food sales industry apart is its dependence on refrigeration. Refrigeration can contribute to up to 40% of the energy at your store, meaning you probably have high energy bills. It is important to maintain your refrigeration systems and learn about other opportunities to make your store more energy efficient. You can put energy into your profits by:


  • Keeping doors shut. Repeated fluctuations in temperature will lower food quality and cost money.

  • Recommended refrigeration settings are between -14° and -8° Fahrenheit for freezers and between 35° and 38° Fahrenheit for refrigerators. Any more than that and you are probably wasting energy.

  • Clean cooling coils to maintain the heat transfer and capacities of refrigerators.

  • Check door seals to prevent warm air from entering the unit. If you can slip a dollar bill through the seal, have the seal adjusted.

  • To measure and compare your energy use with other grocery stores nationwide, use the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to get a score for your building.


Check out the ENERGY STAR Grocery and Convenience Store Guide for more tips.


Food Service/Restaurant


Your restaurant’s profit is typically only 3-9% of your total revenue, but that could be increased with cost effective recommendations for energy efficiency investments. These investments can not only increase your savings, but also increase customer comfort, lighting, business, and employee productivity. You can start by:


  • Installing CFL or LED lightbulbs throughout your business.

  • Installing a high efficiency pre-rinse spray valve in dishrooms.

  • Performing walk-in refrigerator maintenance by checking and replacing door gaskets, cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils, and checking the charge.


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Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or guesthouses tend to be active 24 hours a day and include a variety of services that are energy intensive. By managing these services, the amount of energy consumed by visitors can greatly decrease, thereby decreasing your operating costs. You can start by:


  • Having housekeepers turn off heating/cooling systems in unoccupied rooms.

  • Reducing heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter by closing window draperies and shades when the room is not in use.

  • Having your maintenance staff regularly check and clean HVAC filters, condenser, and evaporator coils to keep them running efficiently.


For more tips and tricks to make your business less cost-intensive, visit the ENERGY STAR Lodging page. 




Office equipment can be quite energy intensive- from lighting, to computers, to other appliances and electronics. Making simple updates could greatly reduce your office’s energy consumption, and create a better work environment. You can start by:


  • Changing light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs.

  • Using power strips as a one-stop turnoff station for all your electronics.

  • Using laptops instead of full desktop computers and their monitors.


Visit the ENERGY STAR Office Equipment page for more tips.




Retail businesses can greatly benefit from energy efficiency upgrades. These upgrades can increase the comfort of customers and the productivity of employees, and can help achieve greater cost savings and profits. You can start by:



  • Taking advantage of skylights or natural light sources to reduce lighting during daytime hours.

  • Installing occupancy sensors to reduce lighting and plug loads in storage rooms, offices, and other vacant or low-traffic areas.

  • Installing window films and adding insulation or reflective roof coating to reduce energy consumption.


For more tips on putting energy into your profits, check out the ENERGY STAR Retail Guide.











Energy Efficiency Best Suited to Your Business


Energy efficiency upgrades are available for any type of small business. You can find information on energy efficiency opportunities, technologies, and practices specifically designed for your facility type below.