Energy and Sustainability


 According to the EPA, on average, America’s retail stores spend close to $20 billion for energy each year. A typical 50,000-square-foot retail building in the U.S. spends around $90,000 each year on energy costs. Energy-saving upgrades can directly improve your bottom line, enhance customer comfort and lead to increased sales as well as a “green” image. The long term savings can quickly repay the minimal capital investment.

How Retail Buildings Use Energy

  • In a typical retail building lighting accounts for as much as 53% of annual electrical energy use. Other sources of energy consumption include cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration.
  • On average, retail buildings use 14.3 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per square foot annually at a cost of $1.47 per square foot*.
  • According to the EPA, a 10% reduction in energy costs for an average retail outlet can increase their profit margin by 16% annually.

 *assumes electrical energy cost of $0.10 per kWh

When planning store renovation and equipment upgrade options, many owners and operators are examining strategies to “green” their buildings and implement sustainable operations. Simply by upgrading to or installing new energy efficient lighting systems from SYLVANIA, you can achieve energy savings of up to 50%. And with the implementation of a building automation and lighting controls strategy, you can save up to an additional 25%.

You can save money by retrofitting old T12 fluorescent lighting systems with new high performance, SYLVANIA OCTRON® T8 and PENTRON® T5 reduced mercury lamps. More sustainable products like T8, T5, ceramic metal halide and LED retrofit lamps will lower energy consumption, extend lamp replacement intervals, and reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

Sustainable Lighting for Retail Outlets
Here are just a few reasons to use energy efficient, long life lighting systems:

  • Sustainable operations consume less resources, which leads to lower operating expenses and higher net operating income (NOI)
  • New energy efficient lighting systems increase a property’s resale value.
  • They deliver more comfortable illumination, providing employees with the ability to select light levels that are suitable and comfortable for specific tasks.
  • Be seen as a better neighbor. Taking a leadership role in improving your building’s environmental “footprint” demonstrates leadership and commitment to social responsibility and community benefit.
  • Some of older lighting technology that you may be currently using will be eliminated due to federal legislation and DOE rulemaking.

Give yourself credit for going green.
Incentives may be available to building owners to help offset the financial investment in new energy efficient systems. These include:
Allowing owners to use the money saved on energy bills to pay for the new system.
Local utility incentive programs and state and federal tax incentive programs.

Industry sustainability standards for commercial buildings
A number of whole building rating systems have been developed to guide designers, architects and builders who incorporate green building strategies. These rating systems include ENERGY STAR® for buildings, Green Globes® and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). SYLVANIA lighting system solutions can help you achieve and exceed many of the criteria for each of these rating systems, including energy efficiency, controllability of systems and low mercury content.

Shed some light on your energy usage and save valuable time with our lighting assessment.
Contact your SYLVANIA sales representative for a comprehensive analysis of your store’s lighting usage, including recommendations for every lamp, ballast and fixture in the building. Our lighting experts have the knowledge and experience necessary to properly evaluate your facility and help you choose lighting products that will yield the greatest savings and the highest levels of performance. There’s nothing to lose and so much savings to gain.

At OSRAM SYLVANIA, environmental sustainability is a continuous initiative that is built into the way we do business.
Meeting our needs today without compromising the resources needed by future generations, touches everything we do as a company. It’s all about reducing environmental impact, a commitment that goes beyond our products to include how those products are used, how they are manufactured and how they are packaged and distributed. Whether you’re interested in lowering your energy bills, avoiding frequent and costly maintenance, recycling programs or discovering our ECOLOGIC® products that contain little or no hazardous materials, OSRAM SYLVANIA can help support your green building strategy.