While customers push their clocks forward an hour this weekend to meet Spring Daylight Savings time, Food Lion is doing its part in conserving energy in order to help keep prices low for customers.
In the last 15 years, Food Lion's energy reductions in its more than 1,000 stores are equivalent to powering almost 77,000 homes for one year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Food Lion is continuing to develop industry-leading initiatives to save energy as part of our commitment to sustainability.
One example of its energy-saving techniques includes using a complex in-store computer system to dim a few aisle lights when the store approaches its maximum daily peak energy use. The act is virtually unnoticeable to the customer as the aisles are still bright enough to shop, but it helps save a lot of energy, according to John Laughead, sustainability manager with Food Lion. This is especially useful during the summer, when stores rely heavily on air conditioning.
Another example, which most customers have experienced, is the automatic lights inside of in-store frozen cases. Similar to motion-detector lights that some shoppers have in their homes, most Food Lion stores use the same type of technology inside its frozen cases. If there are no customers on the aisles, then the case lights will temporarily shut off, but as soon as a customer enters the aisle with a shopping cart, the lights immediately light up. This technology is in nearly all Food Lion stores.
In addition, Food Lion is committed to rolling out LED lights on the sales floor in many stores over the next few years, which saves energy and money. The lights are more vibrant and showcase the fresh and affordable products throughout the store.
Food Lion not only is working to save energy in its stores, but it also is making energy saving products available in its stores for customers. This is the perfect time of the year to use these items as daily savings time is a reminder to change light bulbs, along with furnace and air filters.
Laughead said a final tip that customers can use to save energy is to unplug all small appliances, cell phone chargers, gaming consoles and other items inside their homes they are not using. He said although those items may not be in use, most customers do not know that they are still pulling energy from the electrical sockets.
All of these tips will help you to not only save energy, but save money. And, don't forget to "spring forward" on Saturday evening, March 11, 2017!