King Kullen Makes Effort to Be Energy-Efficient for Earth Day

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King Kullen celebrates Earth Day with tips on saving energy and suggestions for family-friendly activities and crafts.

Earth Day should be celebrated not just once a year but every day. King Kullen makes sure they are energy-efficient all year long. They have and continue to make efforts regarding energy efficiency programs. Over the last two years, all lighting within the store cases has been replaced with LED lighting.

Steve Mitchell, King Kullen’s Director of Mechanical Engineering, explains that LED lighting reduces energy up to 90 percent when compared to fluorescent bulbs, emits no heat, lasts longer, cuts down on HVAC costs, contains no chemicals, and emits no UV light. LED lights are made from non-toxic materials, are recyclable and have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to the lifespan of incandescent lights, which have a lifespan of only 1,500 hours. In addition, light bulbs within every store were updated to high-efficient energy bulbs.

On hot summer days, Energy Curtailment Specialists notify King Kullen as to the day’s anticipated highest demand for electricity, at which point the company will dim the lights of its stores to save energy and relieve pressure on the power supply. Vice President of Store Operations Jeff Prince commented that while store lights may be dimmed, at no time is energy curtailed on refrigeration, to protect the quality and safety of the food in each King Kullen store.

Prince also explained that, “During the summer months, we also take care to avoid operating heavy equipment which drains energy, such as our balers and compactors, and we have them turned off at an earlier time each night.”

King Kullen has also voluntarily partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill program and has won awards for Superior Goal Achievement and Exceptional Goal Achievement two years in a row. The Superior Goal Achievement is awarded to companies who achieve their annual refrigerant emissions reduction goal, while the Exceptional Goal Achievement is awarded when companies achieve their “stretch” refrigerant emissions reduction goal. King Kullen is proud to be recognized as a leader in the supermarket industry for reducing refrigerant emissions, decreasing their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

Join King Kullen in helping the Earth! You can save energy too by replacing lights in your house with LED light bulbs instead. Turn off lights and unplug devices before you leave the room. Start recycling papers and bottles if you don’t already. You can also conserve water by taking shorter showers and turning the water off while you brush your teeth.

To get the kids involved and aware of this day, try making Earth Day Crayons using this tutorial King Kullen has pinned to their “Earth Day” Pinterest board or this Egg Carton Tree using recycled materials.

If you’re looking for an activity that’s just as fun but also edible, try these recipes for Earth Day Cookies or Earth Day Cupcakes.

About the company:
Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as America’s first supermarket. Michael J. Cullen opened the doors of King Kullen in 1930. Today, four generations later, King Kullen is still family-owned-and-operated. It remains a leader in the supermarket industry. From that very first store in 1930, King Kullen today operates 37 supermarkets and five Wild by Nature stores across Long Island. In addition to traditional grocery, King Kullen features a large catering and prepared foods department, freshly-baked breads and sweets, and healthy and organic areas, with pharmacies in many stores as well.

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