In Groveport, Ohio, the Bunzl Distribution warehouse was dealing with high utility bills and had nothing but bad lighting to show for it. This sent them on a mission to find a solution that would improve the lighting in their warehouse and lower their energy bills.
Reduced kW demand
kWh reduced energy consumption annually
Total annual energy savings
Bunzl Distribution USA, Inc., provides food packaging, disposable supplies, cleaning, and safety products to food processors, supermarkets, non-food retailers, convenience stores, and more. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunzl Distribution is the largest division of Bunzl plc, an international distribution and outsourcing group headquartered in London. Bunzl Distribution owns and operates more than 100 warehouses that serve all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as Canada, the Caribbean, and parts of Mexico.
Bunzl found that their Groveport, Ohio location was producing considerably higher energy bills than many of the other similarly-sized facilities in the US. After some inspection, they discovered that the Groveport facility, which is largely warehouse space, was using fluorescent light fixtures that were not only expensive to operate, but were also providing insufficient lighting in many of the areas where they were used. Given that the Groveport facility is largely warehouse space, Bunzl needed to find a reasonable solution for their application. The solution needed to provide excellent, energy-efficient lighting while still keeping in mind that many of the areas within the warehouse would not need to be constantly lit throughout the day.
For this project, Eco Engineering designed and implemented a lighting system that used the existing light fixtures and updated them with new LED lamps and drivers as part of a retrofit system. Occupancy sensors were also deployed to further enhance the energy savings by using the LED technology only as needed. The new lamps and drivers provide a brighter and safer workspace.
This project helped Bunzl save hundreds of thousands of kWh annually – the equivalent of removing 1.7 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.
- Demand Reduction: 139 kW within the first year.
- Annual Consumption Savings: 796,344 kWh
This new implementation is expected to deliver thousands in savings every month, reducing costs in both energy and maintenance.
- $5,375 per month in energy savings
- $375 per month in reduced maintenance expenses.
- The total annual energy savings > $69,000