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    Stewart's Shops Saving Thousands After Lighting Retrofit

    Chain reduced costs by nearly $78,000 following SmartWatt Energy's construction-grade energy audit.

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Stewart's Shops is saving nearly $78,000 per year in total lighting costs following a lighting retrofit installed at its headquarters in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., announced energy efficiency firm SmartWatt Energy. The project is expected to pay for itself in 16 months.

    SmartWatt Energy conducted a construction-grade energy audit of the facility that included offices, loading docks, laboratories, storage and freezer space. It then engineered a plan to replace the existing lighting system with energy-efficient T-8 and T-5 fluorescent lighting in most of the spaces and install LED lighting in all of the freezer space, the firm stated.

    "The ice cream freezer was the latest phase in a larger energy-efficiency project we've been working on with SmartWatt Energy for the last couple of years," said Gary Dake, President at Stewart's Shops. "We appreciate their ability to help us reduce costs, while helping us achieve ambitious sustainability goals. Their execution was flawless -- clearly cold storage projects are their specialty."

    The new lighting will save 783,481 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, or the equivalent of removing 1,175,222 pounds of carbon dioxide from the environment, according to SmartWatt. The firm awarded Stewart's Shops a Sustainability Award for its dedication to improving energy-efficient operations.

    Stewart's Shops, a family- and employee-owned company based in upstate New York, operates more than 320 c-stores.

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