B&Q sets out to cut energy costs

B&Q is turning down the lights and lowering the temperature of all its stores as it looks to curb rising costs and avoid further price rises.

The home improvement retailer has reduced the temperature of its in-store heaters by up to two degrees Celsius as well as turning them on later in the morning and off earlier in the day, The Telegraph reported.

Kingfisher chief executive, Thierry Garnier, said: “Improving the energy efficiency of our stores is good for our customers and for the environment.

“It helps us to keep prices low and reduce our carbon emissions.”

He explained the retailer had installed LED lighting and air source heat pumps across its network, as “small changes can add up to a big difference in energy usage without impacting customers’ shopping experience”.

“We’re always looking for new ways to save energy and as a result our total property energy consumption last year was over 12% lower than the previous year,” said Garnier.

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