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Maintain Retail Comfort with Energy Reduction Tips

Retail stores face tough competition from online companies today, so retail building owners and store managers are taking a hard look at operating costs. Reducing energy use is an effective way to cut overhead, even in unleased retail spaces. Lighting, cooling and heating represent about 60% of total electricity use in retail buildings, making those systems good targets for energy savings.

Give Your Store a Competitive Advantage

There are a number of energy-saving opportunities for retail facilities with payback periods that make economic sense. With careful planning and the right ComEd Energy Efficiency Program incentives, you can maximize efficiency and ensure a reasonable return on your investment.

  • New energy-efficient lighting and HVAC equipment could make your store more comfortable and visually appealing to customers, boosting sales and profits.
  • Attractive retail spaces may lease faster, reducing time between tenants.

​Not Sure Where to Start?

1. Schedule an Assessment

Call 1-855-433-2700 and request a Facility Assessment. A ComEd energy engineer will assess your facility and equipment for potential electrical savings during a two-hour site walkthrough.

2. Receive Recommendations

Within a month, you will receive a high-level summary recommending energy-saving changes and upgrades that can improve the energy efficiency of your business.

3. Make Improvements & Apply for Incentives

After you have decided which energy-saving improvements you want to make, consult the ComEd Energy Efficiency Service Provider Directory to find a contractor who can provide the products and services you need and help you apply for ComEd Energy Efficiency Program incentives.


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​Average Energy Use


Lighting 23%
Cooling 23%
Plug Loads 20%
Refrigeration 10%
Ventilation 7%
Space Heating 7%
Cooking 1%
Water Heating 1%
Other 8%

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Available Programs & Incentives

Additional Project Incentives

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Applications & Worksheets

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