COVID-19: What Questions are You Asking as a Grocery Store Facility Manager?

Work from home. Shelter in place. Reduce public activities. Practice social distancing. Be vigilant. These will forever be the 2020 buzzwords for the COVID-19 pandemic. How is your grocery store supposed to operate in the middle of a pandemic? As Facility Managers or someone responsible for store operations, you’re very likely under intense pressure to …

Phantom Electricity Load is Killing Your Grocery Store’s Profitability – Fight Back with the Checklist 360 Mobile App!

Equipment such as chicken warmer, the wrapper machine, Kitchen hoods, night blinds, and dozens of other pieces of equipment leach almost 15-20% of total grocery store energy costs. If left ON when not in use, it can cost you millions. Singh360’s mobile application helps reduce plug load and wasted electricity. 

As Facility and Energy Managers responsible for cost effective operations, you must pay close attention to these out-of-site, easy to ignore drain on your electricity consumption.

Commercial buildings are responsible for 41 percent of U.S. primary energy use. Since 1995, plug load energy consumption has increased about 235 percent. Plug loads are a major contributor to building energy consumption.

Singh360 Energy Innovates with Lunds & Byerlys to an Energy Usage Index of 32.

Lunds & Byerlys is an upscale supermarket chain serving the Minneapolis, Minnesota market. They have worked closely with Singh360 Energy to implement several sustainability and energy-related projects.

The strategic approach across their 27 grocery stores is two-fold; work quickly to retro-commission existing stores to improve operations and be innovative with new store design & implementation. Ongoing results with Singh360 are impressive.

Existing grocery stores are evaluated, solutions designed, and new innovations implemented. The upgrades dropped energy usage by 42% in these stores.

Track Your Energy Efficiency Projects in Energy Charts

kWh360 Energy Efficiency Management Software Suite, a product from Singh360 Inc., now allows users a unique way to track any activity or any project at any site. When generating an Energy Use Index graph over time, or any other graph, these activities are integrated in the graph so you can see why the energy spend may have gone up or down.

These innovations help organizations set priorities for efficiency projects based on sustainability goals, speed of payback, and the measured return on investment. Contact Singh360 to see if these innovations fit with your facility and energy management strategy going forward.

Tracking Energy Project Results with Utility Bill Data

How many times are you asked to produce results for the projects you invest in and spend countless hours trying to prove you were justified in your recommendation?

With new enhancements to the kWh360 Energy Tracking Suite, this is as simple as clicking a few buttons.

We provide 3 different ways to track your results, through simple graphs and charts.

Singh360 Provides ComEd Retro-Commissioning (RCx) Building Tune-Up Services

With a current retro-commissioning job in the Chicagoland area, our customer urged us to get in touch with ComEd and get registered in their Energy Efficiency program.  They wanted us to include any incentives they offered into our deliverable.

The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program offers incentives to all types of business customers. The utility company supports those efforts by initially funding the energy study, so there is no up-front investment by the grocer or commercial building owner.

Retro-commissioning Service Cuts Energy Use and Cost for Two Grocery Store Chains

SINGH360 helps Strack & Van Til and Coborn’s trim energy consumption. “In the last four months we’ve seen savings of 8% to 12% on average,” says Don Erminger, director of energy and maintenance.

Two prominent grocery chains in the Upper Midwest are reducing their energy use and cutting energy cost by retro-commissioning their stores. The chains have done so with the help of SINGH360, a service provider that specializes in working with grocery chains.

The retro-commissioning process identifies opportunities to improve energy efficiency for stores that have been in operation for several years. The process is valuable because such stores tend to become less energy efficient with time, says Abtar Singh, president of SINGH360.

Don’t Do Supermarket Retro-Commissioning Without A Refrigeration Technician on the Team

If you’re retro-commissioning a supermarket store, you’ll save money by having a licensed refrigeration technician on your team. This post explains why.

Retro-commissioning usually has three goals: save energy, identify maintenance problems, and identify candidates for future energy-conservation projects.

Because refrigeration equipment consumes more energy and requires more maintenance than any other component in a supermarket, it pays to evaluate it carefully during your retro-commissioning process.

These innovations help organizations set priorities for efficiency projects based on sustainability goals, speed of payback, and the measured return on investment. Contact Singh360 to see if these innovations fit with your facility and energy management strategy going forward.

Variable Frequency Drives in Refrigeration Equipment Deliver 1.5 to 5 Year Payback for Supermarkets

In this post you’ll see how variable-frequency drives (or VFDs) can generate a payback of 1.5 to 5 years in supermarkets. You’ll also see which uses of VFDs offer the fastest payback and highest return on investment (or ROI).

At Singh360, we’ve found that HVAC blower fans of more than 7.5 horsepower typically provide the best ROI. The next-highest return comes from using VFDs in refrigeration condenser fans with motors totaling more than 7.5 horsepower.

Use of VFDs in refrigeration compressors delivers the smallest reduction of energy consumption. But such applications can reduce compressor cycling and extend the life of compressors. And that’s worth real money too.

Singh360 Services Help Supermarkets Collect Energy Efficiency Rebates & Incentives

Maple Grove, MN, August 11, 2014 – Supermarkets in the United States can now get expert help to secure energy-efficiency rebates from utilities.

The service is for supermarkets that invest in initiatives to improve energy efficiency but may not collect all the utility rebates for which they qualify, said Abtar Singh, chief executive of Singh360.

“Some supermarkets want help because the application process can take a lot of time and effort,” Singh said. “Supermarkets may be leaving a lot of money on the table.”