CINCINNATI- The Kroger Co. announced an energy-efficiency milestone Thursday when a Fry’s Marketplace store in Phoenix became its 500th location to receive an Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy.
The designation means the store ranks in the top 25 percent of commercial buildings nationwide for energy efficiency and performance. Kroger employs a variety of techniques to control energy costs, including LED lighting, skylights and control systems. The company claims to have reduced its average grocery store electricity usage by over 34.3 percent since the year 2000, saving enough electricity to power every single-family home in Charlotte, NC for one year.
"This accomplishment is very exciting for our company and our associates, because it demonstrates our commitment to energy reduction," said Keith Oliver, Kroger's vice president of facility engineering.
An EPA official called Kroger “a shining example” in a company press release .
"By addressing energy efficiency from design through operation, Kroger is leading the way for others and demonstrating that a lifecycle approach is the most effective way to ensure lasting energy savings," said Jean Lupinacci, chief of EPA's Energy Star commercial and industrial branch.
Six area Kroger stores are among the 500 nationwide to receive the Energy Star rating. They are:
- Kroger 902, 4530 Eastgate Blvd, Cincinnati OH 45245
- Kroger 915, 7580 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati OH 45255
- Kroger A353, 11930 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati OH 45249
- Kroger A384, 8241 Winton Road, Cincinnati OH, 45231
- Kroger A390, 7132 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati OH 45231
- Kroger A948, 6165 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati OH 45211