Monday, July 7, 2008

Verizon Wireless Awarded ENERGY STAR Rating for Retail Stores

Two of Verizon Wireless Communications' retail stores have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR for superior energy efficiency and environmental protection. The Verizon Wireless stores are two of only six retail locations nationwide to be awarded the 2008 ENERGY STAR.

The stores, which are located in Omaha, Nebraska, and Toledo, Ohio, installed temperature sensors and energy management systems to monitor heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system use; control temperature set-points and internal and external lighting schedules; and track data usage history for maintenance and service requirements. The systems help Verizon Wireless save on energy costs by activating the ventilating, heating and lighting systems automatically based on the stores' operating hours.

To further reduce energy usage, Verizon Wireless installed light-emitting diode (LED) exit signs and installed a microcontroller on vending machines. The stores also feature insulated water heaters to reduce heating costs and properly sealed building "envelopes" and entry doors to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air.

"Energy-saving initiatives are not only good for the environment, they also make us a more efficient and customer-friendly company by helping us keep operating costs down and allowing us to redirect those resources to improving the customer experience," said Jack Plating, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless. "That's why we apply these principles across our business, from our store operations to our easy-to-use online Green Bill to our use of energy saving technologies in our offices and network facilities across the country."http://www.verizonwireless.com