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Wal-Mart Sells 100 Millionth CFL

October 02, 2007

Source: Wal-Mart, Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores announced it has surpassed its goal to sell 100 million compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) by the end of 2007. Over the lifetime of the CFLs, Wal-Mart estimates that these energy-saving bulbs will have the effect of taking 700,000 cars off the road, or conserving the energy needed to power 450,000 single-family homes.

Surpassing the 100 million bulb goal demonstrates a monumental increase in CFL sales this year, due to a company-wide commitment to promoting the energy-saving bulbs with associates, customers and members. Throughout the year Wal-Mart has done the following:

• Introduce a lower-cost private label CFL under the Great Value brand;
• Offer online ordering and an online savings calculator;
• Increase shelf space, offer more selection and move bulbs to eye level for easiest access;
• Install interactive in-store displays to allow customers to compare qualities and styles, and demonstrate the potential savings associated with each type of CFL;
• Work with manufacturers to lower the mercury content of the CFLs sold at Wal-Mart stores and Sam’s Clubs; and
• Partner with hundreds of other organizations on the 18Seconds movement to promote energy efficiency.

With an average of $30 in electricity savings per bulb, those 100 million CFLs will save consumers approximately $3 billion on their utility bills.  Almost have of Sam’s Club CFL sales were to small business members.  Wal-Mart estimates that a typical small business can save up to $1,325 per year on electricity by switching to CFLs.

 Check back next month for the release of the Responsible Purchasing Guide to Fluorescent Lighting.  The guide will provide in depth information on improving lighting programs and procuring environmentally and socially responsible lighting.

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