Beginning with its first store in 1936, Stater Bros. (San Bernardino, Calif.) has a long history of doing right by its customers. It also has a long history of doing right by the environment. To deepen its commitment to reducing energy usage, Stater Bros. retrofit the frozen-food cases in nearly all of its 166 stores with GE’s LED refrigerated display lighting. The switch from fluorescent lights to GE’s Immersion™ RV40 LED system translates to total annual energy and maintenance savings of approximately $570,000.
GE's Immersion(TM) LED Lighting Systems will help save Stater Bros. approximately $570,000 in annual energy and maintenance costs. (Photo: General Electric)After evaluating lighting options from five different manufacturers, Stater Bros.’ retail marketing team chose GE’s 17-watt Immersion RV40 LED lighting systems to replace the 60-watt fluorescent fixtures in freezer cases. “We’ve received great feedback from customers and store managers,” said Scott Limbacher, vice president, Construction/Maintenance at Stater Bros. “Our managers tell us the new lighting really makes their products pop.” By replacing 60-watt fluorescent lamps with GE’s 17-watt LED lighting, Stater Bros. will use 28,444 fewer kilowatt hours (kWh) per store per year, a savings of approximately 4.6 million kWh across the 163 participating stores and equating to about $510,000 in annual savings (based on an $0.11 kWh rate and 17 hours of operation a day). The long-life Immersion RV40 LED lighting system also contributes to an 80 percent reduction in maintenance costs—totaling nearly $60,000 in savings annually across all locations for Stater Bros. For more information about the GE Retail Lighting products used in this project, visit www.gelighting.com/grocery. To learn more about GE’s commitment to innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges while driving economic growth, visit www.ecomagination.com. About GE Lighting GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 14,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal ® and Energy Smart ® consumer brands, and Evolve™, GTx™, Immersion™, Infusion™, Lumination™, Albeo™ and Tetra ® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.