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EPA and DOE Name Lowe’s Recipient of 2009 Energy Star(R) Retail Partner of the Year Award

March 10, 2009

Lowe’s earns award for protecting the environment through marketing energy-efficient products and solutions for the home

MOORESVILLE, N.C., March 10 /PRNewswire/ — Lowe’s has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2009 ENERGY STAR(R) Retail Partner of the Year Award. The award recognizes Lowe’s exceptional contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through leadership in marketing and educating consumers about energy-efficient products and practices. Lowe’s will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 31.

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Lowe’s, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2002, is being honored for continued leadership in marketing its comprehensive line of appliances, lighting and home improvement products that have earned the ENERGY STAR, as well as educating consumers about the cost-saving and environmental benefits of energy efficiency.

“To be honored with an ENERGY STAR award for a seventh consecutive year validates the importance of our ongoing efforts to educate our customers about products that not only save money, but help conserve valuable natural resources,” said Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman and CEO. “We all share in this responsibility, and we are proud to take a leadership role in promoting solutions that benefit both our customers and the environment.”

The 2009 ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year is given to the retailer that sets the standard for all other retailers by successfully promoting and delivering ENERGY STAR qualified products and practices, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The award winners are selected from more than 12,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“EPA is delighted to recognize Lowe’s with this award,” said Kathleen Hogan, director of the climate protection partnerships division at the U.S. EPA. “Lowe’s is a leader in helping their customers fight global warming while saving money through ENERGY STAR.”

Through close coordination with EPA and DOE, Lowe’s successfully integrated ENERGY STAR as a central component of its “Efficient Home” marketing platform. As a result, the retailer significantly raised consumer awareness of ENERGY STAR and increased sales of qualified products by more than 45 percent.

Some of Lowe’s achievements in 2008 include:

  • Promoting ENERGY STAR as a way to save energy, money and the environment to an estimated 14 million customers per week through a variety of in-store educational channels, as well as drawing national attention to the program through television broadcast advertising that reached more than 1.5 billion consumers.
  • Comprehensively integrating ENERGY STAR into its www.lowes.com/efficienthome web pages, which received more than 300,000 visitors.
  • Elevating the profile of the EPA’s “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR” campaign by hosting an event in the Atlanta area and promoting the ENERGY STAR Pledge among customers – reducing greenhouse gases by more than 7,000,000 lbs.
  • Paving the way for new energy-efficient technologies by working with vendors and the ENERGY STAR program to identify and develop new product specifications.

By choosing ENERGY STAR qualified products and solutions, the typical household can save up to 30 percent on their energy bills, or about $700 a year. Last year alone Americans with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $19 billion on their energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 29 million vehicles.

About Lowe’s

With fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE(R) 50 company that serves approximately 14 million customers a week at more than 1,650 home improvement stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 12,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

SOURCE Lowe’s Companies, Inc


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