At Lime Energy, we help utilities around the country bring energy efficiency to their small business customers. With over 15,000 completed projects to date, we have learned a lot about the unique needs of small business customers. Over an 8 week period, we are taking a look at several small business types and uncovering their potential for energy savings. In many cases, these businesses are eligible for incentives from their utility to cover a large portion of the project cost, making the long-term benefits of energy efficiency even more attainable.
Car dealerships have unique demands when it comes to energy consumption. An average car dealership uses 18% more energy per square foot than a typical office building due to several factors:
These factors create a high potential for wasted energy due to inefficient lighting and mechanical systems, heat loss and high energy use of mechanical equipment. In fact, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) reports that energy is the third highest operating expense for dealerships and that an industry-wide 10% reduction in energy consumption would result in $193 million in utility cost savings and 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. In conjunction with Energy STAR, NADA evaluated all major areas of a dealership and identified multiple opportunities for savings in each location in their study “Putting Energy into Profits.”
For a detailed review of these measures and their application in the dealership, visit www.energystar.gov/autodealers or schedule an energy audit with a qualified contractor today. From incentive programs to equipment rebates and recycling, local utilities may provide assistance in determining how best to implement energy efficiency solutions.The following measures represent opportunities for savings in existing dealerships:
To learn more about programs available in your area, visit www.lime-energy.com/smallbusiness and check out the video to learn how Jim saved money at his dealership!