A fantastic grocery store can be the hub of a thriving community, the place in which people come together to nourish themselves and their loved ones. These important spaces are also major users of utilities — especially electricity. Everything from an industrial refrigerator or freezer to a cash register or a light bulb runs on electricity and all those kilowatt hours add up. Plus, the frequency with which customers open and close refrigerators and freezers all day means less energy efficiency. According to the EPA’s Energy Star program, a supermarket may spend up to $4 for every square foot of space just on energy every year. For an average grocery store like Krogers or Stop & Shop, that can equal $200,000 annually in energy costs.

Senior grocery store managers understand the volatility of the industry. Supermarkets are, after all, constantly impacted by variable factors like inflation and shifting supply chains. As a result, profit margins can be razor thin, and any extra opportunities for savings especially savings requiring little work, is a no-brainer. And there are plenty of utility bill savings possibilities out there! The experts at Utility Management Services (UMS) are trained to analyze energy usage patterns and bills to find every last cent of potential savings. UMS expert analysts have recovered massive amounts due lost to billing errors, savings programs, and more — all with minimal operational changes.

Savings Numbers

TypeMax Annual SavingsAverage Annual Savings
Grocery Stores$23,209$6,894
Convenience Stores$133,552$11,704

Case Studies

Lyon Shipyard

Lyon Shipyard (LSI) is a repair facility in Norfolk VA with over 80 years of service to the maritime industry. Utility Management Services helped recover hundreds of thousands in utility bill errors and savings opportunities. LSI had suspected a billing error but did not have the time or expertise to investigate. From our inspection, it was found that the billed demand was largely greater than the equipment load at the site resulting in a refund to LSI from their power provider.

STF Precision a high-quality diamond-tipped cutting tool manufacturer excels in manufacturing high-tolerance cutting tools. STF approached UMS seeking to lower their natural gas and electric bills through our off-site utility bill audit and analysis. Our analysts were able to pull 2 years of historical billing data directly from STF’s power provider to complete an in-depth analysis where there were several findings. All opportunities found required no operational changes or capital investments and resulted in over $24,000 in ongoing savings.

Prinston Pharmaceuticals

Prinston Laboratories has specialized in manufacturing generic solid dosage products since 1983. They also offer pharmaceutical contract manufacturing (CMO) tailored to fit their client’s needs. UMS pulled 12 months of their historical billing data directly from their power provider, completed the analysis, and found over $80,000 in savings through different opportunities. Significant savings were realized with little work on their side. Prinston was so happy with the services they then recommended UMS to other businesses and organizations.


"With the current energy companies constantly raising the rates and my energy bills continue to soar to nearly $3,000 a month, I appreciate the savings I receive with UMS.”
Karen Frye, Owner
Natures Own Inc.
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