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Local Wal-Mart Switches to Energy Efficient Lighting

Another area business has joined the campaign to save energy and preserve the earth's resources. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

Electricians at the Wal-Mart store on South Campbell in Springfield had to shift a few bags of frozen shrimp in order to do their job on Tuesday.

They replaced all of the florescent lights in the store's freezers and coolers with LED, energy-efficient lights.

Steve Binam, the store manager, said the switch will save both energy and money.

Binam added that the giant retailer is taking its energy-saving efforts nationwide.

The store is just one of several organizations in southwest Missouri that have made the decision to "go green," or do their part to sustain the earth's resources. Many business and organizations are looking into energy-saving alternatives, such as recycling, using solar power, or installing LED lights.

LED stands for "Light Emitting Diode," and is a semi-conductor device which converts electricity into light.

LED lights use a fraction of the watts used to power traditional lighting.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.