Verizon Store awarded EPA’s Energy Star
Laurel, Md. The Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Columbia, Md., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star designation, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency and environmental. The Columbia store is one of more than 47 Verizon Wireless retail stores nationwide to receive the Energy Star label.
“The changes we have implemented in our stores are significant because they impact our business, the environment and our ability to provide customers with an industry-leading experience,” said Mike Maiorana, regional president for Verizon Wireless in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. “By being more energy efficient, we can keep operating costs down and redirect those resources to improve the customer experience.”
The store replaced incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps and installed light-emitting diode (LED) exit signs and motion sensors to activate lighting in portions of the store that are not in constant use, such as the storage room and back offices.
In addition, its lighting and display systems are controlled by a digital timer system to ensure that lights turn off when the store is closed to avoid energy waste.
Additional energy-saving initiatives included insulating the water heater and piping and replacing the service bay doors with energy efficient glass to reduce the loss of heated or cooled air.
Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star use an average of 40% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Sears offers New Yorkers appliance savings
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears announced that New York residents can access $18.7 million in rebates available for Energy Star-qualified appliances from Feb. 12 through Feb. 21 as part of the “Cash for Appliances” rebate program.
“At Sears, we’re always looking for ways to make it easier and more affordable for Americans to swap out their old, inefficient appliances for new, Energy Star models,” said Doug Moore, president home appliances for Sears. “This rebate money will go quickly, so we encourage our customers in New York to take advantage of the stimulus plan as early as possible to ensure access to the state funds.”
Dollar General to create 5,000 new jobs
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. Dollar General has announced plans to create approximately 5,000 new jobs this year to support the planned opening of 600 new stores over the next 12 months.
“Despite today’s tough economic climate, Dollar General continues to hire great talent,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s senior vice president and chief people officer. “We have exciting plans for 2010, which include expanding our work force in many suburban, rural and urban communities. We are aggressively recruiting job seekers who share a commitment to serving others and maintaining Dollar General’s leadership as a destination for value.”