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Retail checkout. Green retailing is going to be the norm

Eco shopping and green retailing – it’s becoming the norm and no retailer can ignore it. In fact, ‘ eco shopping ‘ and ‘ eco friendly shops ‘ both now rank highly as Google search terms. And what could be more important than reducing your costs in these changing times?

It’s not just about your labels and plastics, it’s also about how your business uses energy day to day. The spectre of net-zero Carbon looms large and you can expect harder legislation so that the UK can meet it’s 2050 obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement.

It’s not all ‘stick’ however. The ‘carrot’ is that eco friendly retail stores are gaining a commercial advantage.

The attitude of your customers to eco friendly stores

A carbon trust survey indicates that 67% of consumers would feel more positive towards companies that are reducing their carbon footprint. A Futurra survey goes further and says it’s as many as 88% of your customers. In reality, numbers like these which favour eco stores and eco shopping can’t be ignored.

In other words, if you’re seen to be meeting consumer expectations, you’re likely to enjoy more trade in green retail stores.

What are my options if I don’t own my premises, or space is restricted?

Many shops and stores face a real challenge in addressing net-zero Carbon. Installing solar panels and other renewable technologies isn’t realistic in leasehold premises, unless you have a very proactive landlord with a retail green agenda. It’s much easier if you’re out of town and perhaps want to be an eco supermarket chain.  

However, there are ways you can address your carbon footprint even in the centre of a town or city. In the first place, embracing ‘green’ is as simple as buying –

  • Green electricity
  • Green gas mix
  • Battery storage (to store off-peak electricity for use at peak demand times)
  • LED lighting
  • Efficient gas boiler
  • Carbon credits

I’m not in a town or city centre. Are my options better?

Quite possibly. 

The options for eco shopping and green retailing are usually greater if you’re an out of town store, or indeed a Landlord. All the following are possible for out of town eco-stores and Landlords.

  • Green electricity and gas tariffs
  • Fixed term green energy deals
  • Solar PV
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • Battery Storage
  • Solar Thermal 
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Biomass boilers
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • LED lighting
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations
  • Carbon credits

Award-winning IU Energy has capabilities with all these retail green technologies. To discuss your options, contact us now. 

EV Charging Stations – a must for out of town eco-shops

Let’s talk about this comparatively inexpensive option. In fact, it’s a highly visible demonstration that you’re at the vanguard of green retailing – Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

It’s important to realise that this technology could mean the difference between customers using your business, or someone else’s; especially if you’re outside a town or city centre. 

That is to say, EV charging stations are attractive to your EV driving customers and your employees.

In fact, the projected numbers of EVs are staggering –

IU Energy is an OLEV approved installer for EV Charging stations. Contact us now to see how easy they are to install.

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