Further supports sustainability efforts with national LED lighting
retrofit of stores
TORONTO, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Sears Canada is helping Canadians save
money and reduce their environmental footprint by becoming the first
national Canadian retailer to ban the sale of inefficient incandescent
and halogen lighting in its stores nationally.
By September 2011, Sears Canada will grow its offering of energy
efficient LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent)
lighting, instead of less efficient options, in its Full-Line and Sears
Home stores across the country.
The move will help Canadians take advantage of the energy-saving and
other benefits of LED lighting, which uses up to 75% less energy and
lasts up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent lighting.
"Sears Canada constantly strives to be a leader in sustainability by
minimizing its environmental impact across all areas of its business,
while helping Canadians choose products that save them money, reduce
their eco footprint and create healthier homes," says Dr. James
Gray-Donald, sustainability leader and associate vice-president, Sears
Canada. "Replacing inefficient lighting products with LED and CFL
options is a major move to save customers energy and money, while
empowering them to take sustainable steps at home."
Largest-ever incandescent spotlight replacement
Along with its ban of inefficient lighting, Sears Canada is further
reducing 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.
The initiative is the largest-ever incandescent spotlight replacement in
Canada and one of the largest replacements ever globally. By the end
of August 2011, Sears Canada will replace more than 130,000
incandescent spotlights with LEDs.
The LED lighting retrofit is expected to save Sears Canada more than 16
million (16,416,000) kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year and
reduce its carbon footprint by 3,611 Tonnes per year. The anticipated
annual electricity savings would be enough to enable more than 197,000
families to use the most efficient ENERGY STAR qualified washers for a
Delivering savings, performance, functionality
By offering a range of LED lighting options to Canadians, Sears Canada
will help customers take advantage of their benefits throughout the
An investment in LED lighting can pay for itself within three years and
keep delivering savings due to its long life.
LED lighting can easily replace existing inefficient bulbs with a
variety of styles and shapes.
Unlike other energy efficient lighting options, such as many types of
compact fluorescent lights, LEDs can be dimmed.
LED lighting turns on/off quickly, achieving full brightness in under a
LED lighting is ideal for external lighting applications, because it
won't attract insects and can achieve maximum brightness even in cold
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%.
The company 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.
Sears Canada has also been named the ENERGY STAR Retailer of the Year by
Natural Resources Canada four times, including the last three years in
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.
SOURCE Sears Canada Inc.
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