NACS | Energy Star Survey

Operating an energy-efficient convenience store can help your business save money and earn recognition by your customers as having a positive impact on the community. Whether you are already taking steps to become more energy efficient or wondering where to start, industry-specific benchmarks will help you plan and adjust your energy consumption goals. With your help, NACS is developing these benchmarks by creating the first-ever ENERGY STAR® Score for Convenience Stores.

About the Survey

A variety of data inputs are necessary to paint a complete picture of the convenience retail industry. We are looking for survey responses on new stores, older stores, large and small square footage, with and without foodservice, with and without fuel, and in stores that are located in rural, urban and suburban areas. Each survey response should represent a single store. If you would like to complete a survey for more than one store, links will be provided upon completion of the form below. Contact Patrick Loftus at if you have any questions about participation.

Deadline: February 26th, 2021

Request Survey Link

Getting Started

Once you receive your personalized link(s), you may begin the survey, which should take about 30-45 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete the survey all at once. If information is not readily available, you can return to the survey to pick up where you left off. Ideally, you will be completing this survey on a tablet or smartphone as you walk the store. You will also need:

  • Store square footage (you can approximate if you don’t have actual building blueprints.)
  • Usage data for all fuels used for the property (electricity, gas, water, propane, etc.)
  • Water bills covering the entire period from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.
  • Energy use for all meters in the buildings on the entire property, including outdoor lighting. Include electricity use associated with fuel pumps, but not fuel or diesel sold by the store's gas pumps.
  • If the store uses EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, you may not need to gather utility data. If you already use Portfolio Manager to benchmark your energy use, you can save time by submitting energy data through Portfolio Manager.