The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded The Home Depot with a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year, Sustained Excellence Award, for its continued leadership in offering the latest innovations in energy efficient products, the company said.
This is the ninth year the company has been recognized by the EPA for its achievements.
In 2015, Home Depot helped customers save nearly $701.6 million in annual utility costs, equaling a 4 million metric ton decrease in greenhouse gas emissions through the sale of Energy Star certified products, according to the company.
Home Depot also noted that it had exceeded 2015 sustainability goals, achieving a reduction of energy use in its stores by 30% over 2004 levels, a savings of more than 8 billion kilowatts over ten years. The original goal set in 2010 was to reduce energy use by 20%.
According to the company, it also continues to implement a number of sustainability enhancements to its stores each year including energy management systems to control all store lighting and HVACs and a fuel cell program that provides up to 85% of the energy that each participating store needs to operate. The Home Depot also offers more than 17,000 Energy Star products in stores and online.
“We’re constantly seeking new and innovative products that are energy efficient, enabling our customers to save in their homes and businesses as we also reduce energy use in our stores,” said Ron Jarvis, vp/environmental for The Home Depot.