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Historic Kamuda’s Country Store and Market in Pittsford, VT is saving over $1,400 a year in energy costs.
"We’re constantly looking for ways to improve. Efficient technology means less waste and more money to spend on other areas of our business."
Joe Kamuda, Owner Kamuda’s Country Store
Joe and Laurie Kamuda purchased Kamuda’s Country Store from Joe’s father in 1985. Since then, they’ve added catering, lunch specials, and a first class meat department and deli. "In order to keep pace with today’s marketplace, you always have to be looking at new ways to operate," says Joe Kamuda. "Business as usual doesn’t cut it if you want to stay competitive."
In 2009, the Kamudas took a good look at their energy usage as a possible area for savings.With technical guidance and rebates from Efficiency Vermont, they completed a few key projects over the next three years:
Not only are the Kamudas now saving over $1,400 per year, they report that products in their coolers are staying fresher longer (thanks to lower heat output from LEDs), and the overall appearance of the store has improved dramatically. Even the customers have noticed.
Says Joe, "This place isn’t just a store; it’s a part of the community. So to hear our customers comment on how much they love the upgrades—that means a lot."
This store has worked with Efficiency Vermont on refrigeration, lighting, and HVAC.
"We have worked with Efficiency Vermont on several energy-saving
projects, from refrigeration and lighting, to HVAC and refrigeration
controls. They have been very helpful in providing us with energy-saving
information, as well as the financial help needed in order to make these
projects work. Thank you, Efficiency Vermont."
There are many ways for grocery stores to save money and energy. Start with: