Sainsbury’s to give away energy saving light bulbs

30 October 2007

The bulbs will be handed out on Saturday in return for pledges from customers to try to save energy – at the culmination of Energy Saving Week, which starts today.

Sainsbury’s said the aim was to encourage customers and staff to switch on to greener alternatives during darker months. The chain will also reduce the energy it uses in its stores for the weekend, to the equivelant of 45 tonnes of carbon dioxide.


A spokesman said, “This is equivalent to saving 100,000 kWs of electricity, enough to power 22 households for a whole year.”


The reduction in energy use is being tried out at selected stores to identify what further measures can be made to contribute to the company’s overall goal of cutting its level of carbon emissions by 25% by 2012.


To claim their bulb, customers will be asked to make an energy saving pledge to either:

  • Replace a light bulb with an energy-saving light bulb;
  • Take re-usable bags for shopping rather than use disposable bags;
  • Unplug the phone charger when it is not being used;
  • Keep the fridge and freezer running efficiently;
  • Switch to taking more showers than baths; or,
  • Try drying clothes outdoors or hang them up inside.
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