Earlier this week, the retail chain Walmart made a major announcement: It will soon begin the process of installing LED bulbs in its major stores across the globe. Walmart is one of the biggest brands in the world, as its reach extends to 27 different countries around the world with 10,000 locations. According to estimates, having these LED lights installed will result in major energy savings.
The new light bulbs are a part of Walmart's broader plan to make its stores more energy-efficient. The company's goal is to reduce its overall energy consumption by 20 percent by the end of the decade. The LED fixtures will use up to 40 percent less power than traditional incandescent bulbs, putting Walmart on course to meet its target. New Walmart stores that are built will have this lighting installed from the start.
Sales-floor lighting accounts for an overwhelming 90 percent of the energy used by Walmart stores. By making the switch to LED lights, electricity usage will be reduced by around 5 percent in each U.S. store, with an estimated 340,000 kilowatts per hour saved. This will cut utility costs of Walmarts in the United States by $34,000 annually, while also removing about 330,000 metric tons of carbon emissions from the atmosphere.
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