Rite Aid Earns Energy Star At Four More StoresCustomers visiting the Rite Aid on Atwood Avenue in Cranston, R.I. may notice a new star in town. An Energy Star plaque earned for the store’s superior energy efficiency is prominently displayed in the vestibule, facing shoppers who glance to their right as they enter the store. “The plaque looks you right in the face,” says District Manager Chris Gosnold. “It’s big. Even people walking by the store can see it.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards Energy Star certification to structures ranking in the top 25-percent of commercial buildings nationwide in terms of energy efficiency.
In 2010, Rite Aid became the first drugstore chain in the nation to earn Energy Star certification at a store in Harrisburg, Pa. Since then, the company has earned the certification at stores in Cranston, Enfield, Conn., Watertown, Conn. and Merrimack, N.H., mostly by upgrading lighting, HVAC and energy management systems.
Senior Manager of Energy and Environmental Paige Miller visited each new Energy Star store in June and presented store teams with their plaque. “The associates really appreciated that Paige visited their store,” Gosnold says. “It was a big deal for store management and the personnel.”
Earning Energy Star recognition is a big deal, Miller says. “These stores are now about 25-percent more energy efficient than they were before the renovations,” she says. “One of our core values is to be a caring neighbor and reducing our company’s energy consumption is a great way to live up to that.”
Miller says the company will look to upgrade additional stores for Energy Star certification this year, though the scope and timing of the effort has not been finalized.
To achieve energy reduction at each store, contractors install ceiling lights and fixtures that are more efficient and replace fluorescent freezer lights with LED light bars, which require less energy and generate less heat, resulting in less compressor run time to keep the refrigerators cool.
Sensors are installed to activate the store’s fans so they run only when needed instead of continuously. Store light timing is changed so that fixtures are kept at half power when the store is occupied but not open to customers. Outdoor lights shut off automatically 30 minutes after the store closes.