Counting the Cost of Energy

This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shares how the Energy Star program can help c-stores.

April 22, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “Energy and Cost Savings When They are Needed Most,” NACS hosts Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives, and Carolyn Schnare, director of strategic initiatives, talk about how to save money and energy with Jerry Lawson, national manager of Energy Star small businesses and congregations at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Since 1992, Energy Star has been a voluntary, non-regulatory-based program to prevent pollution through conserving energy. “Our byline is ‘pollution prevention at a profit.’ We have staff specialists in lighting, commercial foodservice equipment, office equipment, etc.,” said Lawson. “More than 40% of the Fortune 500 are Energy Star partners as well as more than 10,000 small businesses. … Our partners and Americans overall are using Energy Star tools and products [and] are saving more than $30 billion annually.”

Why should convenience stores be interested in Energy Star? “We are focused on energy efficiency, but we also have a lot of information and work on water efficiency,” Lawson said. “We have tools that track energy, water and materials management recycling.”

Last year, NACS partnered with Energy Star to create tools that would help convenience stores become more energy efficient. As part of that relationship, NACS and Energy Star have released have released resources for retailers to assess and improve energy usage and performance. Materials are now available at

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