Scotmid’s 3,175sq ft store in Moredun, Edinburgh, has created a (low energy) buzz since opening last autumn, especially after clinching the Energy Efficient Store of the Year at CRA 2015. The store, managed by Rose Spence (above), has been fitted with state-of-the-art technologies to reduce energy consumption, including a system which uses real-time data to keep a check on the amount of energy being used for lighting, heating and refrigeration. LED lighting is used throughout and switches off when certain areas are not in use. The store promotes its eco credentials clearly, and does its bit to educate the local community on sustainability.

Scotmid’s 3,175sq ft store in Moredun, Edinburgh, has created a (low energy) buzz since opening last autumn, especially after clinching the Energy Efficient Store of the Year at CRA 2015. The store, managed by Rose Spence (above), has been fitted with state-of-the-art technologies to reduce energy consumption, including a system which uses real-time data to keep a check on the amount of energy being used for lighting, heating and refrigeration. LED lighting is used throughout and switches off when certain areas are not in use. The store promotes its eco credentials clearly, and does its bit to educate the local community on sustainability.

Energy saving

Scotmid Moredun

All the fridges have doors, and drinks chillers are programmed to switch off when alcohol is not for sale. Messaging highlights the energy-saving benefits.

The store uses heat recovery to take waste heat generated by the fridges and use it for warming the building. In addition, an air curtain blows out ambient air to stop heat escaping when the main doors open.

Scotmid says it is on course to save 92 tonnes of CO2 (173,000 kWh) a year, having saved more than 27 tonnes at the end of March.

Lighting

Scotmid Moredun

The lights have been upgraded from fluorescents to LEDs which switch off when certain areas of the store are not in use. Even the in-store ATM has been fitted with LED lights.

Sensors by the windows react to natural light levels outside and adjust the store’s lighting accordingly - switching lights off when it is sunny and turning them on when it is dark to save energy.

Ceiling tiles are made from recycled materials, and most waste is recycled or turned into energy.

Communication

Scotmid Moredun

Graphics are located around the store to promote its eco credentials, including messages on doors, sides of fridges and light switches.

Scotmid Moredun

An in-store energy monitor shows current use and maps it against last year. Staff (including manager Rose Spence) are all fully briefed on the energy efficient detail.

Scotmid Moredun

An eco classroom can be used by schools and community groups to promote sustainability within the community.