New York -- The first Walmart to be entirely lit with LEDs has opened, in South Euclid, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. The store will serve as a model for environmentally friendly design for future locations, with 100% LED lighting, electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot and more.
Other notable features of the store include:
- LED lighting in the parking lot will reduce energy consumption by 50%, plus improve the quality of lighting for late night errands.
- In daytime hours, skylights allow natural light to illuminate customers’ paths, reducing energy to light the sales floor by an average of 25%.
- Re-using the heat from on-site refrigerant equipment can supply up to 60% of in-store hot water needs.
- The use of a white membrane roof that reflects light better than a darker roofing color will helps reduce overall building energy consumption.
- The chain is also testing the use of doors on cases that house deli meats, cheeses, yogurts, etc., with the hope of reducing refrigeration energy use by 20% or more.
The chain noted that LED lighting is 80% more than traditional lightbulbs.
“The LED lighting we’re using in the grocery section of our South Euclid store alone will save more than 59,000 kWh a year – which is enough energy to power five single-family homes,” Walmart said on Walmartgreenroom.com.