Our Policies

Our policy objective is to reduce energy usage year on year.

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 94 stores to this more efficient equipment. 164 sites (89% of the estate) now have LED lighting fitted.

What’s next for 2018/19

  • Introduce systemised cut-offs for overrides of Building Management Systems to reduce accidental usage
  • Reduce like-for-like energy consumption by at least 5%
  • Increase weekly focus on energy consumption and challenge stores to reduce through cost targets
  • Assess investment potential for more solar powered sites, and voltage optimisation initiatives
  • Raise awareness of energy consumption across the business through internal communications

2017/18 achievements

  • We continued the LED programme and re-fitted 25 stores with LED lighting, as well as new store/ site installs taking the total number of our locations with LED lighting to 164 out of 184 sites
  • Our focus on energy consumption in stores continued and we appointed an energy manager to continually monitor performance and ensure that our building management systems are optimised. Due to the protracted cold winter, and the May/June heatwaves, we have incurred additional energy usage this year to heat/cool our stores appropriately for our colleagues and customers
  • We continue to monitor the performance of our stores and assess future investments. We introduced solar power to one new site in FY18 and we completed maintenance work on our existing solar panels sites to ensure their performance is optimised

Year on year reduction in energy usage %