Sustainability

The bright future of energy-efficient Walmart stores

By  Walmart Green Room October 17, 2013

We’re proud to announce the opening of our first-ever all LED-lit store in South Euclid, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. This store will serve as a model for environmentally-friendly design for our future stores, with 100 percent LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot, and more.

LED lighting is 80 percent more efficient than traditional lightbulbs. Apply that efficiency to a Walmart supercenter, and we’re talking a lot of energy savings. In fact, the LED lighting we’re using in the grocery section of our South Euclid store alone will save more than 59,000 kWh a year – which is enough energy to power five single-family homes.

We’re so excited about all the benefits of LED lighting, we just launched a line of Great Value LED bulbs for consumers earlier this month starting at under $10, one of the lowest priced LED lightbulbs on the market. Our use of LEDs goes back several years when we started lighting our freezer cases with the technology, and it’s now the standard for all new Walmart facilitates around the globe.

Take a look at some of the other exciting energy-efficient features of the South Euclid store:

  • Light up the Night: LED lighting in the parking lot will reduce energy consumption by 50 percent, plus improve the quality of lighting — handy for those late night errands
  • Here Comes the Sun: in daytime hours, skylights allow natural light to illuminate customers’ paths, reducing energy to light the sales floor by an average of 25 percent
  • Heat it Up: re-using the heat from on-site refrigerant equipment can supply up to 60% of in-store hot water needs
  • The Big Chill: by testing the use of doors on cases that house deli meats, cheeses, yogurts, etc. we’re looking to reduce refrigeration energy use by 20 percent or more
  • Up on the Rooftop: using a white membrane roof that reflects light better than a darker roofing color helps reduce overall building energy consumption
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