April 28, 2011
Weis Markets has installed trailer skirts on the sides of 16 of its fleet trucks, which are proven to decrease fuel consumption by upwards of 5 percent.
The trailer skirts enhance the aerodynamics by redirecting the airflow and preventing the air from hitting the rear under structure of the trailer. The end result is the skirts stabilize the trailer and reduce the drag and swaying, which result in a smoother ride, fuel savings and a lower carbon footprint.
“The installation of the truck skirts is just one effort of our sustainability initiatives that demonstrates strong environmental leadership and corporate responsibility where we can protect the planet and positively impact our bottom line,” said Kevin Small, vice president of store development.
As part of its chain wide program to reduce energy usage, Weis Markets’ Distribution Center, in Milton, Pa., recently upgraded its lighting system with low watt fluorescent and LED lighting, which lowers the 1.1 million square foot facility’s energy usage and costs by 30 percent.
This new lighting system, which cost $870,000 to install, replaces metal halide and high-pressure sodium lighting systems, which annually used 6.4 million kilowatt hours. The new lighting system will use 1.3 million kilowatt hours a year.
The project is also expected to benefit from PPL Electric Utilities’ E-Power rebate program, which helps companies become more energy efficient.
“With the help of PPL, we’re able to reduce our distribution center’s carbon footprint and lower our lighting system’s annual kilowatt hours usage by 80 percent and its overall energy costs by 30 percent, which translates into nearly half a million dollars in annual savings,” said Small. “The energy we save could power three of our supermarkets for an entire year and is also the equivalent of three months energy usage for our distribution center.”
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 162 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.