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Why it Matters

Dunelm manages energy usage and energy reduction initiatives on a site-by-site basis. ‘Smart’ meters are fitted to electricity and gas supplies and energy consumption is measured frequently with analytics tools available to help identify issues and opportunities to reduce usage. Building Management Systems (“BMS”), designed to optimise energy use, are fitted as standard across our estate. 

Energy consumption is monitored by our Energy Manager in conjunction with a specialist energy partner. We target underperforming sites alongside the implementation of various energy reduction initiatives to maximise energy efficiency, while maintaining a comfortable trading environment for our customers and colleagues.

We have prioritised a programme to invest in full LED lighting at all sites. All new stores are 100% LED and in total we have retro-fitted 69 stores to this more efficient equipment. 125 stores (77% of the estate) now have LED lighting fitted.

2016/17 Achievements

  • We continued the LED programme and re-fitted 37 stores with LED lighting, taking the total number of our stores with LED lighting to 125 stores
  • Our focus on energy consumption in stores continued, and despite the warm weather in Summer 2016, requiring higher use of power for air conditioning, we achieved a 9.0% reduction in electricity consumption in LFL stores and a 13.7% reduction in gas usage in LFL stores in the financial year to 1 July 2017
  • Combining electricity and gas, our consumption reduced by 10% in LFL stores in the financial year to 1 July 2017
  • We continue to monitor the performance of our stores and assess future investments. We currently have 1 site identified for FY18 where solar power will be introduced

What's Next for 2017/18

  • Review the capability and functionality of Building Management Systems across the store estate
  • Reduce like-for-like energy consumption by a further 5%
  • Assess investment potential for more solar powered sites
  • Raise awareness of energy consumption across the business through internal communications

Year on year reduction in energy usage %