Energy Efficiency Tools for C-Stores

A new workbook can help convenience retailers plan strategies to manage energy costs and sustainability. 

April 24, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—With utilities as one of the highest operating expenses in the convenience retail industry, NACS has partnered with Energy Star to bring a variety of convenience-store-specific resources to retailers that are designed to help save money and energy. Energy Star is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program.

A newly released “Energy Star Action Workbook for Convenience Stores” can help retailers plan their energy efficiency strategies and maintain the momentum for the long term. In recent years, retailers have increasingly developed and incorporated business goals and KPIs that focus on energy management and sustainability into their strategic plans. The guide is available here.

Late last year, NACS and Energy Star released “Treasure Hunt for Convenience Stores” to help retailers and their teams discover energy savings in a collaborative effort that can reduce a facility’s energy usage by up to 15%.

The EPA suggests that retailers share with employees and customers more about their sustainability efforts, such as 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 have helped save American families and businesses nearly four trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve more than three 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.

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 in a secure online environment. To learn more, visit

In 2019, NACS officially joined the U.S. EPA’s Energy Star program as an association partner committing to “help protect the environment by promoting superior energy performance.” As a partner, NACS will encourage members to use Energy Star’s free resources like Portfolio Manager and continue to release tools like the Action Workbook and Treasure Hunt. In the coming months, NACS plans to share and host webinars featuring Energy Star experts and explore additional learning opportunities.