Conserving energy just seems to come naturally to Staples Inc. The office supply chain’s embrace of energy-efficient technologies and practices throughout its facilities has won it a reputation as one of the retail industry’s leading green stars. Indeed, Staples was recently honored as the 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year in Energy Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its leadership in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Staples’ commitment to reducing its impact on the environment is also good for its business, as is evidenced by two recent lighting retrofits. The projects, undertaken in partnership with Sylvania Lighting Services (SLS), a subsidiary of Osram Sylvania, are estimated to save Staples a combined 10,193,770 kilowatt-hours annually, lessening the company’s carbon footprint by 15,647,437 lbs. of CO2 emissions annually, while also limiting the stores’ maintenance needs. The bottom-line savings are equally impressive: The project resulted in more than a million dollars in annual energy savings.
After reviewing the lighting systems used in Staples’ interiors, SLS recommended upgrading from first-generation T8 fluorescent lamps to a high-efficiency T8 lamp and ballast system for nearly 700 retail locations across the country. SLS retrofitted approximately 1,000 30-watt linear fluorescent lamps per location with 28-watt Octron 800XP SuperSaver fluorescent lamps and Quicktronic high-efficiency, instant-start, T8 ballasts.
“The 700 stores identified for upgrades are projects scheduled over several years, at least four years in the time frame,” said Bob Valair, director of energy and environmental management, Staples. “It’s Staples’ strategy to consider retrofit lighting in stores that have reached an eight-to-10-year time frame in lighting.”
The new lamps have not impacted store environment.
“In an ideal lighting retrofit, the lighting to associates and customers should not be noticeable,” Valair explained. “The best retrofit provides better technology and more efficient lighting, but not a noticeable change.”
As to new stores, Staples is always updating its store prototype and store design with the latest technology.
“This allows for the new stores to be installed with the latest and most ef