Canada's largest-ever replacement of inefficient light bulbs brightens World Environment Day

TORONTO, June 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada will be the site of one of the largest replacements of inefficient lighting ever completed internationally, just in time for World Environment Day tomorrow. United Nations' World Environment Day, Sunday June 5, was created to inspire and empower individuals, communities and businesses globally to take positive environmental action.

More than 130,000 inefficient incandescent spotlights will be replaced with energy-saving LED (light-emitting diode) lighting in all Sears Home and full-line stores across 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 Canada is also helping Canadians become agents of positive environmental change, while saving money in the process -- by banning the sale of inefficient incandescent and halogen lighting, becoming the first national retailer to do so.

Earlier this week the company was named the 2011 ENERGY STAR® Retailer of the Year by Natural Resources Canada for the fourth year in a row.

SOURCE Sears Canada Inc.

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