Monday 8 October 2018

Walmart LEDs the way for consumers to save $2bn on lighting bills

Walmart LEDs the way for consumers to save $2bn on lighting bills

Walmart has helped consumers slash energy usage and emissions after working with its lighting provider to switch from traditional light bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs.

Over the last two years, the supermarket and GE Lighting have transitioned to selling the low carbon lighting, a move expected to reduce energy usage in homes by 1.2 billion kWh of electricity and save more than $2 billion (£1.5bn) over the lifetime of the bulbs.

LEDs use up to 90% less energy than traditional lighting options and last up to 25 times longer.

Walmart has also installed more than 1.5 million LED fixtures across around 6,000 of its stores, car parks, distribution centres and corporate offices, supporting its science-based target to reduce emissions in its own operations by 18% by 2025.

Daraius Patell, North American Consumer Leader at GE Lighting, said: "Today LEDs are available for every socket in every room of the home and while LEDs now eclipse sales of all other technologies combined, about 70% of residential lighting sockets still contain a non-LED bulb.

"This means consumers are missing out on the energy-savings and long-life of LEDs, changing bulbs out more than they need to be and missing out on opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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