Retail energy costs

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



(2000), "Retail energy costs", Property Management, Vol. 18 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

Retail energy costs

A supermarket occupier could save £20,000 per annum by improving the company energy policy. This is one of the conclusions of a new benchmarking study published by BMI (BMI Special Report 281 - Energy Benchmarking in the Retail Sector, price £30.00). The benchmarks show a wide range of energy costs for similar types of shops (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Average fuel consumption in sector (all electric)

The benchmarks have been derived from real data provided by managers of premises from a range of retail operations from small high street shops to large DIY stores. The report analyses fuel consumption for 14 categories of retail outlet:

  1. 1.


  2. 2.

    book stores;

  3. 3.


  4. 4.

    catalogue stores;

  5. 5.

    clothes shops;

  6. 6.

    department stores;

  7. 7.

    distribution warehouses;

  8. 8.

    DIY stores;

  9. 9.

    electrical goods - rental;

  10. 10.

    electrical goods - retail;

  11. 11.

    frozen food centres;

  12. 12.


  13. 13.

    shoe shops;

  14. 14.


The report also differentiates between those using a mix of electricity and fossil fuel and those using electricity only. The report summarises the results for each category and contains a detailed analysis of the results for supermarkets. Detailed analyses of the other categories are contained on a disk included free with the report. The report was prepared in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Building Research Establishment Ltd.

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