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Sector Reports

Find energy benchmark information for specific market segments - from grocery stores to hospitals - and gain quick, customized tips for how to reduce energy use.


Reducing energy costs can help airports compete for scheduled flights by lowering the gate and landing fees charged to airlines, thus lowering ticket costs. Read more, here.


Auto Dealerships

Reducing energy costs is a major consideration for automobile dealerships, where energy is the third highest overhead expenditure.
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Colleges & Universities

Energy saving measures represent a substantial resource for freeing up funds that a college or university can use elsewhere, resulting in improved comfort. Read more, here.


Commercial Kitchens

Commercial kitchens are intense energy users, putting food service facilities among the biggest energy consumers per square foot of all commercial buildings. Read more, here.


Convenience Stores

Although there are many differences among convenience stores, there are many similiarities in how they use energy, such as interior, exterior lighting, and refrigeration. Read more, here.


Correctional Facilities

Jails are energy-intense areas that can greatly benefit from energy savings strategies, including increased inmate and staff comfort, and obtain a greener image. Read more, here.


Dairy Farms

Energy usage on dairy farms has grown over the past 20 years due to increase in farm sizes, use of automated equipment, and around the clock operation. Read more, here.


Data Centers

Energy intensive equipment has resulted in increased cooling loads and in some cases has strained the electricity infrastructure required to meet the power needs. Read more, here.


Dry Cleaners

Energy costs are among the few expenses that can be decreased without negatively affecting product quality or staffing needs. But cleaners do not have to sacrifice quality. Read more, here.


Full Service Hotels

In a lodging facility, lighting, space heating, and water heating represent close to 60 percent of total use, making those systems the best targets for energy savings. Read more, here


Grocery Stores

Although energy represents only about 1 percent of total grocery store costs, it is approximately equal to a typical grocery's profit margin, which creates opportunity for more profits. Read more, here.



Hospital energy managers can use energy efficiency strategies to offset high costs cause by growing plug loads and rising energy prices, which can go into future investments.
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House of Worship

Energy costs can be as little as 5 percent or as much as 50 percent of a congregation's budget. About half of those costs go to space heating, and more than a quarter on lighting. Read more, here.


 Ice Rinks

Ice rinks are highly energy intense businesses that can greatly benefit from energy saving strategies. Saving energy can significantly boost an ice rink's bottom line.
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Manufacturers' number one goal is to produce quality parts as efficiently as possible. Applying the same principles to facility operations can also improve efficiency. Read more, here.



Even without actually reducing energy consumption, breweries may be able to immediately lower their electric bill by changing the times when energy intenses processes operate. Read more, here.



Depending on the measure, payback in musuems can be quick, and can continue to accrue those savings over time. Performing an energy audit to identify opportunities for energy savings.
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Office Buildings

In an office building, lighting, heating, and cooling represent about 65 percent of total use, which makes those systems targets for energy savings strategies. Read more, here.



Restaurants are the most energy intensive commercial sector, with food service facilities using three times more energy per square foot than most other types of commercial buildings.
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Many stores can benefit from quick low cost and no cost energy saving solutions, such as turning things off, turning things down, and keeping up with cleaning and maintenance. Read more, here.



Understanding your school's energy consumption in a given month can also help to control costs. Cooperatives can help provide monthly data for a school district's use and analysis. Read more, here.



Warehouses are moving beyond simply providing storage; many now offer high tech inventory tracking and value added services such as quality control testing and repackaging. Read more, here.



Wineries are energy and water intensive businesses that can greatly benefit from conservation strategies. These actions can be even more cost-effective in cases where incentives from your provider also apply. Read more, here.



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