Scotmid unveils new energy efficient store
Scotmid Co-operative has unveiled its new energy saving store in Moredun in Edinburgh.
The store has been fitted with a range of state-of-the-art technologies to reduce energy consumption including a building management system which uses real-time data to make efficient use of resources.
The store’s lighting uses special sensors near the windows to automatically adjust to natural light levels outside including switching the lights on or off depending on the outside light levels. The lights have also been upgraded from fluorescent to LED dimmable fittings to reduce energy consumption, and will switch off when certain areas of the store are not in use.
In addition, heat generated by the fridges is recovered to help heat the building while an air curtain blows out ambient air to stop heat from escaping when the store doors open.
Meanwhile, all of the fridges have doors to improve their energy efficiency and are programmed to switch off when alcohol is not for sale to conserve energy.
Scotmid Moredun will also be home to a modernised post office which will offer customers access to Post Office services seven days a week from 7am to 10pm.
John Brodie, chief executive of Scotmid Co-operative, said: "We are immensely proud to be opening our first eco store in Moredun – which is also one of the first energy efficiency retrofit of its kind in the UK. From lighting that automatically turns off when it’s sunny outside, to drinks fridges that only switch on during licensing hours, we’ve worked closely with Resource Efficient Scotland and our contractors to introduce as many energy saving measures as possible into the store.
"We hope that Scotmid Moredun will be a model for what an energy efficiency retrofit can achieve for retailers, and we are very thankful to Resource Efficient Scotland and our other contributors for their support of the project."
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