Shoppers at the Brampton North Walmart supercenter in Mississauga, Canada, will notice a brighter shopping experience thanks to newly installed lighting. What those visitors may not realize is that the ceiling lighting is also more environmentally friendly.
Walmart Canada, which already has numerous energy saving initiatives underway, unveiled the latest one last week. Close to 6,000 traditional 25-watt fluorescent high-efficiency lights were swapped out for 18-watt light emitting diode (LED) lights. The switch is expected to reduce the store’s energy use for lighting by 28 percent, resulting in a potential savings of $26,000 per year. Plus, because LEDs emit less heat, the store will be able to save costs on air conditioning in warmer months.
As LED lighting technology has advanced, so has the technology’s presence in Walmart stores– from sales floors to freezer cases to holiday string lights, And that’s a good thing, because as energy costs go down those savings can be passed on to the customer.
If you’re shopping for your home, do you find it easy to navigate the new energy efficient lighting options or are you still learning about the differences between LED, CFL and incandescent? If you’re a small business owner, have you found ways to save money with energy efficiencies in your operations?