Lowe's continues to meet that obligation through the products we sell and the partnerships we've developed. Since 2001, we've partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) through the ENERGY STAR® program. Together, we're helping consumers make more responsible choices as we continue to grow the quantity and variety of ENERGY STAR qualified products available in our stores. Lowe's carries more in-stock ENERGY STAR qualified appliances than any other home improvement retailer.
We also are making it easier for customers to manage their energy needs by continuing to introduce innovative energy products in Lowe's Energy Center. Expanded nationwide in 2010, the Energy Center is retail's first one-stop, easy-to-shop destination for products that help consumers measure, reduce and generate energy. The center makes simple and affordable solar technology more accessible by offering mobile solar chargers and by putting grid-connected solar power systems on the shelves of select stores, a first for a major retailer.
Lowe's earned industry-leading recognition by providing customers products that make their lives better, while saving them money and reducing their environmental footprint. We received the 2010 WaterSense® Retail Partner of the Year Award from the EPA. We also received the 2010 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the EPA and the DOE.
Lowe's is the first to win the Sustained Excellence Award in the retail category since the award's inception in 2004. It is our eighth consecutive ENERGY STAR honor overall. The award recognizes our leadership in promoting energy efficiency year after year.
In 2010, Lowe's sold enough ENERGY STAR qualified products to:
- Reduce the amount of pollution equivalent to taking 260,000 cars off the road
- Save consumers nearly $210 million each year off their energy bills compared with products that aren't ENERGY STAR qualified
The WaterSense award honored our efforts to increase awareness of the WaterSense label and to educate consumers about water-efficient practices. Lowe's is the first retailer to win the WaterSense Partner of the Year Award in consecutive years. Explaining the benefits of water conservation in stores and online with resources to create a more efficient home, we are helping families reduce utility bills. We also are helping to protect the future of our water supply.
The number of WaterSense labeled toilets and bathroom faucets Lowe's sold in 2010 can save enough water in a year to:
- Fill more than 2,700 Olympic-sized swimming pools (or save 1.8 billion gallons of water annually)
- Save consumers $13 million each year on water bills
ENERGY STAR and WaterSense savings estimates are based on information from the EPA.