Homebase switches off lights for energy-saving initiative

UK hardware chain Homebase has adopted a simple approach to saving energy - turning off store lights whenever the sun comes out.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the firm's owner Home Retail Group launched the 'switch if off' campaign 12 months ago and is asking outlets to help reduce its carbon footprint by turning off lights during sunny periods.

The company, which generated sales of £5.9 billion in 2008 and also owns the Argos brand, claims to have cut carbon emissions by seven per cent over the past year.

"All the little things can add up to an awfully big difference. This is simply an energy-saving initiative, implemented at a local level," a spokesperson for Home Retail Group told the newspaper.

Alternatively, businesses favouring energy-saving solutions with the benefit of innovative technology have been installing lighting systems such as the one used by the Frito-Lay headquarters in Texas.

The snack food firm's building features 'daylight harvesting' controls that automatically switch off bulbs when there is enough natural light in the room, saving approximately 266,000 kilowatt hours a year.

Published by Susan Jones

Wednesday 28th October 2009

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