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Retail checkout. Green retailing is going to be the norm

Green retailing – it’s going to be the norm and no retailer can ignore it – it’s not just about your labels and your plastics,  it’s also about how your  business uses energy day to day. The spectre of your Carbon footprint is inescapable.

Eco friendly retail stores need to promote their credentials – it’s a commercial advantage.

The attitude of your customers to green retailing

67% of consumers would feel more positive towards companies that reduce their carbon footprint and that of their products. If you’re seen to be meeting consumer expectations, you’re likely to enjoy more trade if you’re operating eco friendly stores.

What are my options?

Embracing ‘green’ can be as simple as just buying a green electricity tariff and making sure your customers know about it. We know that in many retail premises, it’s not always easy or possible to fit the most popular renewable technologies that other business sectors can find room or roof-space for. For an easy win, you can however buy a green tariff and perhaps use battery storage to store off-peak electricity for use at peak demand times.

And even if neither of these things appeal, we certainly can help drive down your energy costs and carbon footprint with a modern condensing boiler.

If you’re an out of town retailer, the options for green retailing are usually greater. All of the following are possibilities for eco stores.

  • Green electricity and gas tariffs
  • Fixed term green energy deals
  • Solar PV (where roof or ground space allows)
  • Power Purchase Agreements (third party like a Landlord owns Solar panels and sells you cheap electricity)
  • Battery Storage
  • Solar Thermal (where roof or ground space allows)
  • Air Source Heat Pumps
  • Biomass boilers
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Award-winning IU Energy has great experience with all these retail green technologies.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Eco Stores

Let’s talk a bit more about a relatively inexpensive option to demonstrate that you’re one of the vanguard of green retail stores – Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. This option will soon mean the difference between customers using your business, or the one down the road where they can charge their EVs, perhaps as part of a loyalty scheme once they’ve checked in automatically. It’s an opportunity, or a threat, and it’s already upon us.

And finally, it’s just as important to sell products that have green and sustainable credentials – consumers are really looking as this research shows.

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