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Success Story — Eden Prairie Gas and Wash

Efficient Lighting a Retail Plus for Eden Prairie Gas and Wash

EP_GasWashEDEN PRAIRIE, MN–Convenience store products need to grab attention and drive sales. After Eden Prairie Gas and Wash upgraded to brighter energy-saving lighting in its coolers, owner Tom Voehl is looking at energy efficiency in a new light.

“The LED lights produce much better lighting in the cooler,” said Voehl. “It’s more uniform and makes my product stand out nicely.”  This unexpected plus came from working with Energy Smart and the Xcel Energy Business Solution Center to reduce energy costs in Voehl’s store.

On an Energy Smart site visit, staff collected information on the store’s lighting and HVAC systems, and discussed priorities with Voehl. Energy Smart used the data to create recommendations optimized for the facility.

The report gives Tom Voehl guidance he needs to make energy investment decisions. He decided to install efficient and long-lasting LED lights in 18 coolers right away, and upgrade nine fixtures to LED wall packs in the near future.

During the visit Energy Smart delivered some very good news. Recent installation of four high-efficiency rooftop HVAC units qualified the business for an Xcel rebate of nearly $3,000, a rebate Voehl didn’t know was available. “It was found money,” he said. “I wouldn’t rely on your contractor to tell you what the options are.”

Energy Smart tallied up the savings. “The lighting upgrades and rooftop units qualify the store for $5,415 in rebates and approximately $1,688 a year in energy savings,” said Jill Curran. “Helping customers get results is important at Energy Smart.”

Contact Energy Smart today to tap into utility rebates for your energy projects. Contact us at or (651) 292-3902.