Discover a new path to becoming more energy efficient by upgrading infrastructure quickly and cost-effectively, and avoiding upfront investment.

Published: November 11, 2021

A 2019 Deloitte study found that 86% of companies see reduced energy consumption as essential to staying competitive.1 However, the upfront cost of efficiency upgrades can exceed tens of thousands of dollars per facility, which is a barrier to progress for many businesses.

To take practical steps towards ambitious energy goals, businesses in every sector need to look at the energy efficiency solutions that are both available to them today, and how they can become affordable over time.

Uncover the energy and cost savings associated with prioritized upgrades and explore new paths for upgrading your infrastructure quickly and easily.

Prioritizing upgrades to deliver quicker returns

It is not always feasible to comprehensively upgrade an entire facility. The best way forward is often to prioritize the changes that will deliver the greatest return – with the following three areas offering significant opportunities for greater energy efficiency at scale:

  • LED Lighting
    Continuous technological improvements over the last decade have made LEDs increasingly affordable and efficient — with LED investments often becoming cash flow-positive in a short amount of time. There is also the potential for indoor LEDs to offer savings of up to 43% over their lifetime, with networked lighting controls providing an additional 25% in lifetime savings potential.2

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
    There are a range of HVAC technologies available, which can be installed in existing buildings either as individual components or as comprehensive systems. As a simple benchmark, ENERGY STAR estimates that replacing 10+ year-old heat pumps or air conditioners with certified efficient models saves up to 20% on heating and cooling, while replacing 15+ year-old furnaces or heat pumps can save up to 15%.3

  • Refrigeration
    For cold chain businesses, refrigeration is often the single largest driver of energy consumption, accounting for 11% of all energy use in commercial buildings nationwide.4 Even the low-tech features of an upgrade in this area, such as open-door alerts, can have a significant impact on the bottom line by preventing energy waste and food or material spoilage.

How Shell Energy can help

Shell Energy and its partners offer fully managed energy efficiency services to retrofit facilities with a tailored mix of energy-efficient equipment, including lighting, HVAC systems, and refrigeration.

From site visits to evaluate energy efficiency opportunities through to installation and maintenance, we take a consultative approach designed to help future-proof your business. Flexible financing options also allow you to realize immediate savings on energy bills and operations expenses, without the need for upfront capital investment.


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