|Mar 23, 2012 --
Greg’s Market is a full service grocery store located in rural Exeter, Nebraska. The store utilized freezers that dated back to the 1960s and 1980s. The lighting was also T-12 which used more energy. These items needed to be replaced in order for the grocery store to become more energy efficient, thus saving money.
USDA Rural Development provided in July of 2008, a Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grant of $11,286 for needed upgrades. The grantee contributed $33,859 towards the project.
Through the funding, the dated freezers were replaced with new energy efficient cases and new energy efficient compressor units were installed. The old T-12 lighting was upgraded to energy efficient T-8 lighting to become more energy efficient. The energy audit projected annual energy savings of 136,630,766 British thermal units or 46 percent. The business realized actual energy savings of 46 percent in year one and 33 percent in the second year after project completion.