Many of us want to make more sustainable choices in our daily lives, but there’s something standing in our way: the cost. Well, starting today, Walmart is hoping to make that choice a little easier by selling a Great Value line of LED bulbs starting at under $10. That may sound pricey compared to traditional bulbs, but LEDs are also 80 percent more efficient and last for more than 20 years, so they pay back over time. By making the switch, the average household can save about $130 per year! Factor in the convenience – you won’t have to change a lightbulb for more than 20 years – and it’s a pretty good deal.
At Walmart, we’ve been using LED, or light-emitting diode, technology in our stores for years to light up parking lots, sales floors, freezer cases and jewelry displays – it saves money and energy and helps us be more sustainable. LED has the same quality and appearance of traditional lightbulbs – in some cases, even better. So it’s especially exciting to now be able to offer these cost-effective and energy-efficient bulbs to our customers at such affordable prices. We’ve also created really simple and informative packaging for these bulbs, which will tell you everything from the wattage equivalent (when compared to incandescent bulbs) to estimated yearly energy savings. It’s all part of the plan to make energy efficiency easier and more accessible for our customers.
Our commitment to the environment is of course company-wide; through our Sustainability Index, we work closely with our suppliers to improve energy efficiency through the supply chain of various product categories – from TVs to plastic toys to small appliances to greeting cards. Through this work over the past few years, we’ve been able to improve Index energy scores by 23 percent in one year.
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