Sears Canada has become the first major retailer of the country to ban the sale of inefficient incandescent and halogen lighting, opting instead to sell only energy-efficient LED and CFL (compact fluorescent) alternatives. Sears, a 2011 ENERGY STAR Retailer of the Year, isn’t simply relying on their consumers making the switch but the stores themselves have recently undergone a major lighting retrofit. Replacing more than 130,000 inefficient incandescent spotlights with energy-saving LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in stores across Canada. The move is the largest-ever incandescent spotlight replacement in Canada.
“The retrofit will reduce the company’s electricity use by more than 16 million kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, saving enough energy to enable 197,000 families to use the most efficient washing machines for a full year.” – Sears CA.
The retrofit to LEDs was completed just in time for United Nations’ World Environment Day (WED) on Sunday June 5th. WED is an annual event aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.
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