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Kroger Recognized for Energy Efficiency

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. here received the "Galaxy" Star of Energy Efficiency, the top award given by the Alliance to Save Energy, at the nonprofit organization's annual awards dinner Wednesday evening.

Kroger said it utilizes a variety of practices to increase energy efficiency, employing technology such as LED lights and engaging store associates in energy savings initiatives. As a result, the company has reduced its energy use by 32% since 2000 — saving enough electricity to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio, for one year. These initiatives have also saved Kroger more than $100 million per year in energy costs.

Read more: Analysts Ponder: Is Kroger All It Can Be?

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Alliance to Save Energy," said David B. Dillon, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement. "This is a real tribute to Kroger's 339,000 associates who bring our energy saving programs to life every day. We will continue to work tirelessly in all areas of our business to reduce energy consumption."

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