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Frozen Aisle: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning


Our investments in improving refrigeration and air conditioning systems in our stores have reduced energy usage, saving us the following:

  • 29,000 kWh saved annually per store by using high-efficiency fan motors in back room freezers.
  • Up to 136,000 kWh saved annually per store by putting doors on traditionally open refrigerated cases.

We will continue to improve our efforts by testing more high-efficiency fan motors and exploring more environmentally friendly refrigerants.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill program has recognized our energy reduction and refrigerant improvement efforts.

  • 2015: 38 GreenChill Silver certifications and two Gold-level certifications
  • 2014: 30 GreenChill Silver certifications and two Gold-level certifications

The Gold-Certified Store distinction was earned because we use CO2 as a natural refrigerant in stores #1411 in Conyers, GA and #1433 in North Venice, FL.

As the technology continues to mature, we will continue to incorporate new methods to achieve our goal of further reducing emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerants and increasing energy efficiency.

Did you know? We’ve been making our own hot water since the late ‘70s by capturing waste heat generated from our refrigeration systems.