MOORESVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Lowe’s Companies, Inc. the first winner of the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award in Retail. The award recognizes Lowe’s long-standing leadership as a retailer of energy-efficient products. Lowe’s will receive the EPA’s most prestigious award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 18.
Lowe’s is being honored for outstanding achievements year after year in customer outreach, employee training and product selection, and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its industry-leading commitment to energy efficiency. Lowe’s has won eight consecutive ENERGY STAR awards (2003-2010), including four ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards for educating consumers about the benefits of energy efficiency.
“To be awarded the highest ENERGY STAR honor recognizes years of dedication to providing products and solutions that benefit both our customers and the environment," said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman and CEO. “We’re proud of our leadership role in promoting energy efficiency, and this award challenges us to continue to do more to help our customers save energy and money.”
More than 17,000 partners across the U.S. participate in the ENERGY STAR program, and only organizations that have won multiple ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards are eligible for the Sustained Excellence Award. Lowe’s is the first to win the Sustained Excellence Award in the retail category since the award’s inception in 2004. In addition, Lowe’s is the 2009 WaterSense® Partner of the Year, offering retail’s largest in-stock selection of WaterSense products.
Lowe’s, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, has successfully integrated ENERGY STAR-qualified products into programs that have helped consumers reduce utility bills. In 2009, Lowe’s sold enough ENERGY STAR products to save consumers more than $265 million off their energy bills compared with non-ENERGY STAR products. Consumers can find everyday ways to save energy, water and money at Lowes.com. Last year, more than 10 million customers visited Lowes.com to find ENERGY STAR products and resources for saving energy.
Lowe’s achievements in delivering energy-efficiency savings to customers in 2009 included:
“Lowe’s continued leadership and commitment to energy efficiency is a testament to what we can accomplish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our global environment," said Gina McCarthy, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation.
By choosing ENERGY STAR products and solutions, the typical household can save up to 30 percent on energy bills, or about $700 a year. Last year, Americans with the help of ENERGY STAR saved $17 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 30 million vehicles. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov.
With fiscal year 2009 sales of $47.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,700 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.