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Smith’s Food & Drug store at 31 Sherwood Blvd in White Rock has earned the “Energy Star” designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, according to a press release.
Commercial buildings that earn the “Energy Star” label rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency and performance. In addition, 111 more Smith’s stores have made application to qualify for the designation in 2014.
Smith’s has reduced its average electricity usage by 34.5 percent since 2000, which equates to enough electricity to power 45 average sized Smith’s stores for one year. That energy savings has kept approximately 65,500 metric ton (equivalent) of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.