Thursday, September 25, 2008

Park Slope Food Coop Earns the ENERGY STAR for Superior Energy Efficiency

The Park Slope Food Coop Inc., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 40 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The Park Slope Food Coop improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across our entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to our building(s).

The Park Slope Food Coop is the first supermarket in Brooklyn to earn the ENERGY STAR. To earn the ENERGY STAR, The Park Slope Food Coop took the following actions:

  • Installed air conditioning systems that run off natural gas instead of electricity and release zero ozone depleting CFC’s into the atmosphere

  • Installed an efficient refrigeration system that uses glycol as its prime refrigerant

  • Replaced fluorescent light fixtures with ones that use efficient electronic ballasts

  • Replaced T-12 fluorescent bulbs with more efficient T-8 bulbs

  • Replaced incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs

  • Replaced traditional electric exit signs with ones that are lit with LED bulbs

  • Recover heat from frozen food compressors to heat hot water

  • Recover heat from frozen food compressors to dehumidify

  • Recover cold air from some refrigeration cases to reduce air conditioning load

For more information about ENERGY STAR visit http://www.energystar.gov/. For more information about The Park Slope Food Coop visit foodcoop.com.

*To calculate greenhouse gas emissions, please visit http://www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html/.

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