It was no coincidence, I later learned.
Kroger has reduced its in-store energy consumption by 30 percent since 2000, according to an article published in Supermarket News, a trade journal. That’s enough to power every single-family home in Fort Worth, Texas, for one year, Supermarket News reported.
I called Carl York, Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic spokesman, who told me that the motion light sensors in the freezers are just one of the energy-saving measures the company has put into place.
Other energy efficient features include installing skylights with sensors that tell the indoor lights to switch on when it is cloudy or dark, York said. The Cave Spring and Bonsack Kroger stores have this feature.
The motion sensor lights that I noticed in the frozen food aisle will also be put to use in the meat cases, York said. In addition, Kroger has also replaced its lights with compact fluorescent lights or LED lights.
More recently, Supermarket News reported that the first Kroger-owned store, Smith’s Food & Drug Stores in Albuquerque, N.M., installed 442 solar panels on the roof of the store. The energy savings could heat and cool 30 homes in New Mexico for a year, according to the Supermarket News story.