Hunt’s Mobil, a family owned convenience store, gas station, and auto repair shop has been serving the Marlborough, MA community for over 30 years. Like many of his neighbors, store owner Craig Hunt was frustrated with the rising cost of electricity in Massachusetts and the impact it was having on his operating expenses. Overhead costs in the convenience store industry have been growing and the recent 37 percent electricity rate hike made his margins even tighter.
Although his expenses continued to grow, Craig had never considered energy efficiency as a solution.
“Many people had come in and spoken to me about energy efficiency, but I’ve found over the years if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The promises that were being made seemed outlandish,” said Hunt.
Despite his reservations, Craig agreed to let EES Consulting upgrade his business when the local utility company increased the initial energy efficiency incentive by 20%. The new incentive covered 56% of the total project cost.
EES Consulting designed a customized solution for Hunt’s Mobil, which included interior and exterior LED lighting, as well as LED lighting within the coolers. EES also installed new refrigeration fans and door heaters that generate two-thirds less heat, along with energy-regulating controls to easily monitor the temperature inside the coolers. EES also handled the utility rebate process, provided financing options, and managed the installation process from start to finish. EES has continued to work with Craig to help him market his convenience store as a green business in order to build loyalty and reach new customers.
“I would definitely recommend EES Consulting,” said Hunt. “My brother also owns a Mobil station and he did a similar upgrade [with a different consulting firm]. I don’t believe he’s seen half the support I’ve received from EES.”
Prior to the retrofit, Hunt’s Mobil was using an average of 6,550 kWh of electricity each month. After the energy efficiency improvements, the store is using an average of 4,250 kWh, a 35% reduction.
Since the retrofit, Craig’s doubts have been more than disproven.
“I expected to only receive 25% of what EES was promising but the actual bill came within $10-$15 of their projections,” he said.
Hunt’s has also realized some additional benefits including enhanced curb appeal, improved light quality in the store, at the pumps and in the garage bays, reduced heat output from the coolers, and decreased maintenance costs.
“The lights are great; the product in the coolers really stand out,” said Hunt. “The exterior lighting is much brighter. It’s crazy because you wouldn’t think lighting would make such a big difference but you can really tell.”
By working with EES Consulting, Hunt’s Mobil has reduced costs, improved the light quality and appearance of the business and reduced the negative impact on the environment.
After the retrofit, Hunt’s Mobil was proud to promote their new “green” initiative and keep the momentum going. “We definitely have plans for the future,” says Hunt, “we’re starting with small changes, like recycling, but I’d like to get involved with other local organizations to do more throughout the year.”
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Annual kWh Savings27,675 kWh
Annual Dollar Savings$6,863
Energy Consumption Reduction35%
Carbon Footprint Reduction160,515 lbs.
I expected to only receive 25% of what EES was promising but the actual bill came within $10-$15 of their projections.