1 min read

Spotlight - Energy Efficiency & Benchmarking for Hardware Store Chain

April 21, 2016

hardware store chain

After conducting a benchmarking study for a chain of hardware stores, 5 found that one of the client’s locations used considerably more energy per square foot than any of their other stores.

5 partnered with an energy efficiency design/build engineering firm to conduct an on-site assessment (ASHRAE Level 2 audit) which highlighted significant energy efficiency opportunities in both lighting and air conditioning. The resulting design improvements addressed airflow deficiencies, end-of-life equipment issues, right-sized the equipment, and improved lighting efficiency to deliver a 63% reduction in energy consumption.

We ensured that utility rebates were leveraged and that CVAL competitively bid the project to implement the energy conservation measures with a simple payback of fewer than four years. Our team supported the client throughout the process reviewing analysis, proposals, and recommendations.

Follow-up surveys and check-ups after three and six months confirmed that savings were being realized along with the added bonus of improved overall comfort.


Written by 5

Founded in 2011, 5 comprises a team of energy innovators, commodity traders, analysts, engineers, and former energy supplier executives. Together, they serve a broad array of private and public sector clients throughout the United States and Mexico, providing strategic advice on energy-related matters including procurement, demand-side management, rate optimization, regulatory intervention, benchmarking, bill auditing, RFP management, sustainability planning services, renewable power, and distributed generation. With an eye on growth, 5 has initiated a number of strategic partnerships and acquisitions, including the 2019 acquisition of Luthin Associates. 5 has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for five consecutive years. The firm has also received numerous accolades and national awards for its corporate culture, leadership and innovation, including 5 consecutive years as a top 10 Best Company to Work for in Texas according to Texas Monthly Magazine.