Lights

Before and After Lighting

20 Feb: Brighter, Better and Energy Efficient: New Lights at 800 Best Buy Stores

We transitioned the stores from high wattage, high-bay metal halide fixtures (think old gymnasium lights) to more efficient, lower wattage fluorescent fixtures. It reduced our lighting energy usage by nearly half – the equivalent of removing more than 12,000 households from the grid. And it’s saving the company money.

This was a simple change that could be scaled across the chain, creating big results. It’s getting us much closer to our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

Best Buy Store

09 May: Best Buy Cuts Energy Intensity by a Whopping 24%, Beating DOE Conservation Goal

Best Buy is not only reaching U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) goals, but is exceeding them.

Best Buy StoreWhen the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge was issued by President Obama in 2011, Best Buy was the only retailer to accept the challenge of reducing energy intensity by 20 percent by 2020. Since then, Best Buy already has cut total energy consumption — in more than 47 million square feet of buildings across the U.S. — by 24 percent.

How? Thanks to improvements like better operational controls, more efficient lighting and even installing skylights in some locations.