ATLANTA, April 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named The Home Depot® a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence for its contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through promotion of energy-efficient products. The Home Depot's accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2015.
The Home Depot, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, will be honored for its leadership and long-term commitment to energy efficiency through promotion of ENERGY STAR-rated products, the government-backed symbol of energy efficiency.
The Home Depot is receiving the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for helping to increase awareness and demand for ENERGY STAR-rated products – from increasing its energy-efficient product assortment to marketing and promotions. In 2014, The Home Depot added 840 additional ENERGY STAR products and increased ENERGY STAR sales by over 10 million units through an effective three-phase strategy. As the world's largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot was a leading participant in the ENERGY STAR LED Bulb Challenge. Not only did the company sell millions of low cost, certified LED bulbs in 2014, they also worked to educate consumers on the value of ENERGY STAR lighting by displaying and distributing ENERGY STAR materials in all stores.
"Energy-efficient and eco-friendly products are increasingly important to our customers – especially as many of them look for opportunities to minimize their impact on the environment while reducing their utility bills," said Ron Jarvis, vice president of Environmental at The Home Depot. "ENERGY STAR has been an excellent partner of ours for more than a decade as we continue expanding our energy-efficient product offering."
Since its inception in 1992 ENERGY STAR products have helped Americans save $300 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
"Through their sustained participation with ENERGY STAR, The Home Depot is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "I applaud The Home Depot for earning EPA's highest ENERGY STAR award, the 2015 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, demonstrating a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations."
The 2015 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,269 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
SOURCE The Home Depot