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Surveyor Energy Management System Helps Family Dollar Reduce Energy Consumption by 22 Percent, Resulting in Millions in Annual Savings

Family Dollar Stores Inc. is one of the largest and fastest-growing discount retailers in the United States, with more than $7 billion in annual revenues. A Fortune 500 company, Family Dollar is based in Matthews, N.C., just outside of Charlotte. It is a publicly held company with common stock traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FDO.

Family Dollar has more than 8,100 locations, in 44 states. Of those, more than 1,000 were added in the last five years. The chain expects to add about 200 stores this year. Family Dollar stores typically range from 7,500 to 9,500 square feet, most of which are operated in leased facilities. On average, Family Dollar stores have four rooftop HVAC systems or split systems. Lighting is divided into four zones: work, sales, sign and site. Most locations have total peak loads of 20 to 60 kW.

Marilyn M. Morse, vice president of facilities management for Family Dollar, undertook the huge job of evaluating about a dozen different energy management systems. She and her team...

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