Rural grocery stores, like Bonnie's here in Clinton, MN, are closing in many small towns throughout Minnesota and other rural places. Once they are gone it is very difficult, if not impossible, to replace them. One thing that will help keep rural grocery stores open and save energy is to replace worn out, old, and high energy using equipment. In my store, the 8-door freezer is the biggest electricity consumer.
This project will replace our old 8-door freezer (which was already used when installed in 1979) with a new ENERGY STAR freezer. These freezers would save 38% of current energy usage. Currently, my store uses 206,000 kWh per year; nearly 75% is estimated to be the 8-door freezer. The ENERGY STAR freezer would amount to savings of 59,000 kWh per year!
This project does good by reducing energy needs while providing an outlet for local food sales and maintains access to healthy, affordable food for our community. This will be a great demonstration to other rural grocery stores on how saving energy can cut costs and rally community support.
We appreciate your support in keeping our Main Street business thriving and serving the needs of the community! We already secured $5,000 from the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and $5,000 from a community fundraiser, we just need your support to get the rest of the way!
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge is to get the full $31,000 of funding to install the 8-door freezer. We have already secured $5,000 from the Clean Energy Resource Teams and have $5,000 from a community dinner fund raiser. This Kickstarter campaign will provide the needed remaining funds to get the new freezers installed. The electrician is on standby and ready to install the new freezer as soon as we reach our funding goals!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)