Energy-Saving Tips for C-Stores

The EPA wants to help retailers trim utility costs and ensure a more sustainable environment.

October 18, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Utilities are ranked as the third-highest expense in the convenience industry, according to the NACS State of the Industry report. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR tools and resources help businesses identify cost-effective approaches to managing energy use in their buildings—enabling the private sector to save energy, increase profits, and strengthen their competitiveness.

Recently, the EPA released the ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt for Convenience Stores. Click here to download for the free resources.

Treasure Hunts help retailers and their teams discover energy savings in a collaborative effort that can reduce a facility’s energy usage by up to 15%.

After completing the Treasure Hunt, EPA invites retailers to submit a summary of their findings. Participants will:

•         Be featured in a weekly email to ENERGY STAR stakeholders,

•         Receive a printable certificate noting their contributions, and

•         Be included in an EPA press release at the campaign’s conclusion.

The EPA urges retailers to tell customers about sustainability efforts like energy management and use of certified ENERGY STAR equipment. By taking credit for some things already being done, retailers can share their story with customers who care about environmental responsibility.

Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions, equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 600 million cars. In 2017 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs.

ENERGY STAR has a number of free resources for businesses and individuals. If companies are interested in becoming an Energy Star partner, additional benefits include use of Portfolio Manager, an online tool to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings, all in a secure online environment. To learn more, visit