Kohl's Department Stores Awarded for Energy Efficiency

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (AP) -- A southeastern Wisconsin company is being honored for its energy efficiency.

Kohl's Department Stores says its Menomonee Falls store is its 500th location to earn the Energy Star label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy.

Commercial buildings that earn the label rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency, use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and release 35 percent less carbon dioxide.

The Menomonee Falls-based company estimates it prevents nearly $50 million in electricity costs through its efforts. Kohl's first Energy Star store was in West Bend in 1998.

The company operates in more than 1,000 stores in 49 states.