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Supermarkets Get Super Savings With Energy Efficiency Projects

DeCicco's Improvements Good for Business and the Environment

ARMONK, NY – When the owners of DeCicco & Sons supermarkets were planning energy efficiency measures in their stores, they decided to go big with the help of Con Edison and advanced technology.

The DeCicco family took advantage of Con Edison’s Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program to make $1.57 million worth of upgrades in four stores, reducing electricity usage by 1.52 million kilowatt hours a year.

(See a video on the energy efficiency improvements)

A $739,000 incentive from Con Edison, combined with the savings on energy costs, will allow the owners to recoup their investment in about 18 months. After that, the savings on monthly energy bills will be money they’ll be able to invest in products, workforce, marketing and other aspects of their business.

“We were optimistic about our investment from the beginning and the results have been excellent,” said John DeCicco Jr., the chief executive officer. “We’re saving energy and money and the lighting and temperature controls make our stores pleasant and comfortable for our customers.”

Attractive, efficient light-emitting diode lights (LED) shine on every product from the fresh fish to the crunchy vegetables to the rich cakes and pies in the bakery section. Air tight doors cover the frozen food cases to keep the cold air from flowing out into the floor area.

At the bright, expansive Armonk store, a new building management system prevents the air conditioning from going into a second stage of cooling on hot summer days when demand for power from Con Edison’s grid is soaring.

The generators on the roof produce enough power to run the store when the demand for electricity in New York City and Westchester County is high. By generating its own electricity at those times, DeCicco’s earns payments from Con Edison under the energy company’s smart usage (Demand Response) program.

Ovens that cook the prepared foods now run on natural gas, not electricity.

The Armonk and Pelham stores also use a refrigerant in their refrigeration systems that is naturally occurring in the atmosphere.

The upgrades at the Armonk, Pelham, Ardsley and Harrison stores are the environmental equivalent of taking 225 cars off the road or saving 120,000 gallons of gasoline annually.

Con Edison has an energy efficiency program for almost everyone. For information, visit

The company has also introduced its Manage Energy 3-D interactive website for commercial and industrial customers. The site shows the potential for energy savings in various locations and systems in a commercial building. It also contains detailed information on the success Con Edison customers have had with energy efficiency and a video from an energy adviser.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $47 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. 

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