Wal-Mart releases results from Ark. energy audit

Little Rock, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores announced today the results of an energy audit of capitol complexes in Arkansas. The report includes recommendations that could save the state more than $430,000 in energy costs and help avoid producing more than 2,800 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

“Wal-Mart's audit gives us detailed guidance toward reducing the State of Arkansas's energy costs,” Governor Mike Beebe said. “We appreciate Wal-Mart's continued commitment to improving its home state.”

During a two-day auditing process, Wal-Mart sent a team of engineering experts to survey state capitol facilities. The team worked with staff from the Arkansas Building Authority, the Office of Energy, the Secretary of State’s office and the Governor’s office. The audit suggests energy-efficiency improvements based on technologies Wal-Mart has successfully deployed in many stores, clubs and other facilities around the world.

The areas covered by the audit include lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, refrigeration and other equipment, technologies such as programmable thermostats and building structure, including insulation and windows.

“Wal-Mart is committed to sharing its sustainability findings and providing governments and businesses with proven energy solutions that benefit the environment and save money,” said Kim Saylors-Laster, VP energy at Wal-Mart. “It’s evident Arkansas has made many improvements to increase building efficiency. We believe the state can recognize even more energy savings and reduce emissions by implementing the recommendations in our audit.”