INCREASING OUR USE OF SOLAR AND WIND ENERGY
Throughout the year, we focused on increasing our use of renewable energy to offset our current electricity usage and maintain efficiencies as we continue to grow. This included a wind energy agreement in Texas. In fact, approximately 70 percent of our purchased energy consumed in Texas comes entirely from wind generators. That means we’re using a completely renewable energy source in the state. Approximately seven percent of our total consumed energy was from renewable sources by the end of 2021. We also initiated community solar power purchase agreements in Maine and New York. IMPROVING FLEET EFFICIENCY In 2021, we made a procurement decision to lease several new Ford Maverick hybrids as we continue to optimize our fleet with energy-efficient vehicles. The Maverick is a front-wheel-drive pickup truck that gets over 40 miles per gallon in the city. We’ve also added efficiency through our ongoing supply chain optimization and delivery routing initiatives that reduce wasted mileage. These initiatives ensure our stores and DCs are synchronized and have reduced miles driven by approximately 14 percent. This helps lower costs, increases supply chain effectiveness and improves availability for our customers while reducing our environmental impact. UPDATING HVAC EQUIPMENT IN STORES Another energy conservation project we took on in 2021 was updating HVAC systems in many of our stores. We systematically replaced the old systems with high-efficiency units through our end-of-life management program. Importantly, through our multi- year agreement with our HVAC manufacturer and the 10-year life cycle on the HVAC equipment in the stores, we gain environmental credit when we replace our old, antiquated equipment with new energy-efficient systems.
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