Shopping can be pretty tiring all round, especially on a Saturday afternoon. With longer opening hours, and increased competition to provide comfortable and attractive environments, some shops are consuming more power than ever.

In your shop or retail environments, you’ll find that lighting, heating, and in many cases, air conditioning and refrigeration are the biggest energy users.

Choosing energy using equipment carefully and looking closely at how it is controlled can make a great difference in your shop’s energy consumption, cost and carbon emissions.

So here’s how you can start reducing the energy you use in your shop or retail business.

Doughnut graph showing typical energy breakdown for retail

* All figures taken from, Carbon Trust: Retail, although proportions of energy use will vary depending on the type of store.

Case studies

Here are a few examples of how businesses have benefited from reviewing their energy use.

Paul the barber

Paul’s Barber Shop

Paul’s Barber Shop is five minutes from Gateshead city centre and provides hairdressing services for both men and women.

Eternal beauty salon

Eternal Beauty Salon

Eternal Beauty Salon is a small business based in Chesterfield, offering a range of beauty treatments. Find out how they've cut down energy waste.

Woman serving in bakery

Worth's Bakery

Worth's Bakery in Sidcup is well known for its freshly made bread, cakes and sandwiches. Find out how they've cut down energy waste.

To find out the top areas for energy saving for pubs, clubs and restaurants, log in to your account and see sector specific energy saving measures.