Lowe’s Does The Green Gear Happy Dance

Looking to save energy at home? Lowe’s would like you to know that, following the successful pilot testing of their new in-store Energy Centers in California, they’ll now be rolling them out in stores across the country. For those looking for one stop shopping for home energy efficiency, this might not be a bad place to go.

At your local Lowe’s Energy Center, you’ll find green goodies such as the handheld Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector ($49.99), which makes it easy to find energy leaks at home; the Kill A Watt EZ ($34.97), which measures how much appliances cost to operate (as well as whole-home energy monitors like The Energy Detective ($240) from Energy Inc).; vampire power eliminators such as the Choose Renewables’ Bye Bye Standby ($19.97); and Westinghouse Solar’s 180-watt AC solar panels ($893 per panel), as well as a plethora of CFLs, programmable thermostats, dimmer switches, solar gadgets, caulk and insulation.

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“The Energy Center builds on Lowe’s commitment to bring more innovative products and services to our customers,” said Nick Canter, Lowe’s executive vice president of merchandising, in a statement. “By pulling together comprehensive options to help them manage their energy use, the Energy Center makes it easier for customers to become more energy efficient while putting money back in their pocket.” According to Lowe’s, they are first major retailer to offer many of these products in one place.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

    • Steven

      they don’t have dimmable CFLs. I still need to use incandescent in several dimming lamps where I like using dimmers.
      Please somebody get dimmable CFLs for a reasonable price. ($15 a bulb is NOT reasonable) Now that regular CFLs are close to $1 each, they need to bring dimmable CFLs down to like $5. I would pay that.