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Smart water savings for Lowe's

By HBSDealer Staff - 09/26/2018
Lowe’s is using HydroPoint smart irrigation controllers with AT&T connectivity to help reduce water use for store landscaping.

The move is part of the home improvement retailer’s environmental stewardship goals.

Sustainability goals for Lowe’s include reducing U.S. store carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. The AT&T HydroPoint technology has already been installed at more than 900 Lowe's stores across the country, helping the company reach its emissions goal 3 years early.

The controllers allow Lowe's to reduce water use and carbon emissions, while saving money and boosting operational efficiency, AT&T said. Lowe’s is saving about 650 million gallons of water annually and reducing carbon emissions by almost 750 metric tons a year.

This is the equivalent of filling about 1,000 Olympic-size swimming pools while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) equal to consuming about 84 thousand gallons of gasoline, according to the EPA’s GHG calculator.

Lowe's is now precisely determining when and where to use water. The solution is also helping Lowe's reduce the carbon footprint of the communities it serves, since using less water also reduces the energy the local communities use to clean and pump water. It also helps them avoid associated GHG emissions.

"We are constantly looking for the latest innovation to drive sustainable business practices and advance our efforts to meet corporate responsibility goals," said Colleen Penhall, Lowe's vice president of corporate social responsibility. "By using the HydroPoint technology and intelligence to create greater control and visibility, we're creating new ways to save water and reduce costs for our business."

Lowe's also uses other AT&T edge-to-edge solutions across its enterprise, including managed network services, managed internet, connectivity, professional services, and consulting.