At Big Y, Beyond providing great quality, great prices and great customer service, we also try to be smart about the resources we use, how much energy we consume and how we handle whatever waste we create. While we've always been mindful, over the past few years we've made a massive company-wide effort to be as earth-friendly as we can. Over the past three years we've reduced our total consumption By more than 5,000,000 Kwh our efforts have really paid off.
If it can be recycled, we recycle it
meaning it doesn t end up in landfills.
- 350 tons of plastic bags and wrappings
- 1,350 tons of cardboard and paper
- 1 billion bottles and cans
All of our stores in Massachusetts and nine of our stores in Connecticut can convert food waste into high-nutrition fertilizer. How much?
- 2,500 tons of food waste is composted annually
We've installed roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems at the Big Y Support Center and at our stores in Stafford Springs, Conn., and Lee and Franklin, Mass. We now have more than 1.25 MW of solar energy offsetting our electrical consumption. Over the last three years, those solar arrays have generated almost 3,000,000 kWh of clean energy.
Our Northampton, Franklin, Old Saybrook, Greenfield, Walpole and Lee, Mass., locations offer free charging stations for our customers who drive electric vehicles.
WE COOL SMARTER
All of our coolers and freezers have been made more energy efficient. How?
- Most are lit by energy-efficient LEDs
- All of our stores now use Electronically
Commutated Motors in their coolers and freezers, which use 50% less energy than traditional motors
Across all of our stores, we employ many different energy-saving measures. How efficient are we? Each new store saves more than: 800,000 kWh every year.
- 1,283 barrels of oil
- the electrical usage of 79 homes
- 116 cars taken off the road
That is the equivalent of: