TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Sears Canada Inc (TSX: SCC) has been named Natural Resources Canada's 2011 ENERGY STAR(R) Retailer of the Year Award. This is the fourth consecutive year Sears has earned this recognition and its fifth such recognition since the inception of the award in 2003. The award recognizes Sears leadership in promoting energy-efficiency by providing an extensive selection of ENERGY STAR qualified products and engaging customers with energy awareness campaigns.
"Sears Canada is honoured to be recognized with the ENERGY STAR Retailer of the Year Award for the fourth consecutive year and fifth time overall," said Dene Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada. "This award is a reflection of our commitment to becoming a leader in sustainability by providing our customers with products that will reduce their energy use and save them money."
Sears Canada is a leader in making energy-efficient products available to Canadians, offering the largest selection of ENERGY STAR-qualified products to consumers. This includes products such as central air conditioners, tankless water heaters, windows and doors, and major household appliances and electronics.
Sears Canada proudly advertises, displays, sells, installs and maintains ENERGY STAR qualified products across its national network of stores, home improvement showrooms, catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, its nationwide home maintenance repair and installation division, and its website, www.sears.ca. Sears reaches all corners of the country bringing Canadians energy efficient options at affordable prices. Sears also offers its customers no-interest, no back-dated interest deferred financing and equal billing financing that make the purchase of ENERGY STAR home appliances easier and more affordable.
In order to qualify for the ENERGY STAR designation, products must be tested according to prescribed procedures and have been found to meet or exceed higher energy efficiency levels without compromising performance.
Sears Canada has also launched numerous initiatives to help Canadians choose more environmentally sustainable options, including this spring's Million Dollar Energy Challenge to help Canadians save money with ENERGY STAR appliances. In 2010, it introduced its Cost & Carbon Savings Calculator to demonstrate the financial and environmental benefits of switching to ENERGY STAR qualified products.
"This Award would not be possible without the hard work of thousands of associates across the country who promote and sell qualifying products in our retail and dealer stores, catalogue and online at sears.ca," continued Rogers.
"I want to thank them for their commitment to improving the lives of Canadians by helping them save on energy costs and working towards a more sustainable future."
Leadership in Sustainability
Sears Canada is continuing its sustainability efforts that encompass all areas of its business. In 2008, Sears Canada made a commitment to recycle 90% of its waste and reduce its energy use by 20% within five years. Sears Canada is on track to meeting its recycling targets and by the end of 2010 had already reduced its electricity use by 15%. Most recently, Sears has become the first national retailer to ban the sale of inefficient and halogen lighting and will further reduce the environmental impact of its own operations by becoming the first national Canadian retailer to replace all spotlights in its Full-Line and Sears Home stores with energy efficient LED lighting.
About Sears Canada
Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 196 corporate stores, 272 hometown dealer stores, 33 home improvement showrooms, 1,800 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 108 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.
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