A large renovation retailer in the United States will expand its energy conservation program to include California, Arizona and Hawaii.
ORANGE, California – With Tuesday’s announcement, The Home Depot has now voluntarily cut energy usage in 250 stores in eleven western states and is helping to minimize the threat of power outages on the west coast. “The energy situation has reached a critical point in California with the threat of power outages and rolling blackouts growing on a daily basis,” says regional president Bruce Merino. “With more than 165 stores in California and Arizona, we hope that energy cutbacks in Home Depot stores will help minimize the threat of additional power outages.” The company will also establish a $150,000 grants fund to support nonprofit organizations that assist low-income residents with energy related issues and will launch clinics on energy conservation next month. Earlier this month, it announced voluntary energy cutbacks in 80 stores, $75,000 in low-income grants and energy clinics in eight Pacific Northwest states. Effective immediately, the company will use its Energy Management System, located at its divisional Store Support Center in California, to institute the energy cutbacks. The measures include reducing store lighting by 50 percent during daylight hours on sunny days; decreasing the temperature point that triggers in-store heating systems; turning off parking lot lights in most stores one hour after closing; and shutting off orange-colored Home Depot highway signs and building signage once the store closes. All Home Depot stores use the centralized Energy Management System and are continually monitored to ensure efficient energy use. New stores use other energy saving equipment including lighting, heating and ventilation systems, and building insulation. “Reducing in-store lighting is the single, most important energy conservation measure we can implement to save electric power,” says Merino. “Last summer, the Home Depot worked closely with the California Independent System Operator to voluntarily reduce store lighting during Stage Two power emergencies.” The company will also institute similar conservation programs at its divisional offices in Orange, which employ 400 people. It has challenged its associates to conserve energy at their own homes. The grants will help nonprofit organizations to address the energy needs of low-income residents, including Christmas in April and other local groups. Home Depot associates will volunteer their time to install energy efficient products or make other repairs. The company’s how-to clinics will address a variety of energy conservation issues for homeowners, and will demonstrate the proper use of energy efficient products available in the store. The Home Depot was founded in 1978 and is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with sales of $38 billion and 230,000 associates in 1,115 stores in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Chile and Argentina.