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• Pennsylvania-based Weis Markets announced this week that three new stores it is building will incorporate technologies and systems reducing store refrigerant charges (usage) to 50% less than a typical supermarket, thus decreasing their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The stores are all in Pennsylvania - Bellefonte (Centre County), West Lawn (Berks County) and Fork Township (Northampton County).

• Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce water consumption in its stores by 30% through the use of EnviroTower water conditioning technology. The EnviroTower system has already been installed in 37 Fresh & Easy locations and will be incorporated into all new stores, including the nine Fresh & Easy stores opening in California next month.
 
Reducing energy and water usage has been a major goal for Fresh & Easy. On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and the company’s refrigeration systems were using roughly 850,000 gallons of water per year. With the installation of the EnviroTower system, that usage has dropped to less than 600,000 gallons per year. Similar refrigeration systems typically use 2 to 3 million gallons of water per year. The EnviroTower system also helps with energy efficiency, reducing the amount of energy Fresh & Easy uses on refrigeration by up to 5 percent – helping save customers money while helping the environment.
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