Furniture Row replaces halogen lamps with LEDs
Durham, N.C. The Furniture Row Cos., one of the nation’s largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers, is installing LED lighting throughout its 330 Sofa Mart Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions and Denver Mattress Co. stores across the United States.
To date, the company has installed nearly 13,000 LED spotlights (from Cree) in its stores, out of more than 80,000 planned. The 11-watt Cree LED lights are replacing energy-wasting 90-watt halogen bulbs.
“We knew we wanted new lighting that addressed our goal of being environmental stewards, but we also wanted to remain fiscally responsible,” said Rod Schnurr, store planning coordinator, Furniture Row, Denver Col. “We also knew that we couldn’t sacrifice the high quality of light needed to accentuate the wood grains and highlight the beauty of the fabrics — that’s what these Cree lights do.”
The first Furniture Row location to install Cree LED lights saved $4,200 on monthly energy costs compared to the original lighting, Schnurr said. In addition to reduced energy consumption for lighting, the LRP-38 spotlights generate much lower heat output thereby saving on air conditioning costs.
Furniture Row also anticipates significant maintenance savings given the much longer service life of the LED lights, which are designed for a 50,000-hour lifetime in open applications. Prior to the LED lighting upgrade, store employees spent an estimated 15 hours per week replacing burned out halogen bulbs.
Judge orders Target to stop improper disposal of damaged items in Calif.
Oakland, Calif. A judge has ordered Target Corp. to stop improperly disposing of damaged or defective items that qualify as hazardous waste, the Associated Press reported.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick signed the order Friday based on allegations brought by the state of California and several cities and counties.
Their lawsuit contends that Target stores statewide have routinely thrown hazardous items such as bleach, pesticides, paint, aerosols and electronics directly into the trash.
The company could face “millions of dollars” in civil penalties, restitution and investigative costs, said Vincent Sato, Los Angeles special assistant city attorney. The case is headed for trial after negotiations broke down over the summer, Sato said.
Among the claims, the city attorney’s office in Los Angeles said stores there sent more than 5,000 lbs. of unsalable hazardous products to a regional food bank.
Target said in a written statement that the company has a comprehensive program in place to ensure its 240 stores across California comply with state law.
“We take any legal challenge to our program seriously, and will continue to devote substantial resources in order to remain a responsible corporate steward of the environment,” the company said.
California law requires special handling of hazardous wastes to avoid environmental contamination.
Supervalu to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10%
New York City Supervalu on Wednesday said it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions at its locations by 10% by the end of 2012, with 2007 as the baseline year for the initiative.
The effort is part of a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. Supervalu is one of 25 participants in the WWF’s Climate Savers program.
Supervalu plans to convert store lighting from traditional fluorescent lamps to a more efficient, LED-based lighting design. It also will look to refrigeration efficiencies, and improve its fleet transportation’s use of energy.