To help improve lighting and energy efficiency, Walgreens is exploring the benefits of LED lighting in parking lots. These lights create less light pollution and decrease maintenance costs because of their 11-year life. A suburban store outside of Chicago is the first to use these energy saving lights.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting in parking lots reduces energy consumption by 60 percent compared to traditional parking lot lighting. Colors also appear more vibrant which helps improve visibility.
The Walgreens in Merritt Island, Fla. is demonstrating a new water savings technique. Existing sprinkler heads have been replaced with new, more efficient spray heads, and a controller monitors temperature and evaporation so watering only happens when needed. In the first six months, 636,000 gallons of water were saved -- enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Now, all new stores will have this system installed.