The commerce sector has decided to adopt unprecedented energy-saving measures to deal with the current energy crisis and high electricity and gas prices, the sectoral federation Comeos announced on Wednesday. From October 1, the lights of signs and windows will be turned off after closing, the temperature will be lower in the stores and the doors of these will remain closed as far as possible.
“We want to act without further delay. This is why we have decided to take initiatives ourselves to achieve the necessary energy savings”, emphasizes Dominique Michel, CEO of Comeos, a federation that operates in the food, non-food, horeca and catering sectors.
Its members have pledged to turn off, one hour after stores close, illuminated advertisements and lights in shop windows and car parks. They will also keep store doors closed during business hours – where possible – when these are manual.
Finally, the comfort temperature will be limited to 19 degrees. “The efforts made allow significant savings to be made. According to calculations, lowering the thermostat by one degree allows an average saving of 7 to 8% on heating consumption”illustrates Dominique Michel.
Switching off the lights outside opening hours should save 12.5 to 15%. The measures will take effect from October 1 and will be maintained this winter.