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Sam's Club® Launches Home Efficiency Center in Southern California Locations

Eco-friendly products including roof top solar systems featured

Bentonville, Ark., August 12, 2008—Sam’s Club, the wholesale division of Walmart, has created a Home Efficiency Center in nine Southern California Clubs to showcase energy efficiency, water conservation and sustainability that includes products and appliances to help consumers be more eco-friendly and save money. Members and shoppers can have live video chats with appliance manufacturers’ reps to talk about major appliances and to arrange delivery of any major appliance purchases.

Sam’s Club is working with several utilities to offer more efficient product options for the home and business that could help reduce energy and water consumption. Items include a full line of Energy Star® appliances as well as low flow toilets and advanced high efficiency shower heads. There is also an assortment of lighting options including compact fluorescent light bulbs and the next generation LED energy efficient lights for the home.

In addition, Sam’s Club is teaming up with Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., a leading designer and installer of solar electric power systems, and BP Solar, a leading provider of photovoltaic solar panels, to provide in-store informational kiosks to promote the long-term benefits of solar energy. The display explains how solar power works, the design and installation process, how much energy can be saved, the typical cost of a system and all available incentives and rebates. Through this partnership, purchasers are also entitled to a significant discount on the cost of their solar energy system, saving an average of $500 or more in addition to receiving all applicable federal, state and local rebates and tax credits.

“While homeowners and businesses continue to embrace solar energy at a tremendous rate, this growth is somehow restricted by the relatively limited number of consumers who are exposed to solar in their daily lives,” said Aaron Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. “By providing these informational kiosks in these regional locations, Sam’s Club is demonstrating exceptional leadership in bringing solar energy to the masses. We applaud Sam’s Club for its introduction of its Home Efficiency Centers, and we are honored to be a part of the company’s forward-thinking position on renewable energy.”

Some of the other items available in the Home Efficiency Center include:

  • Water-conserving Alexis HET Dual Flush Toilet for $98.62.
  • LED Globe bulb 3 pack for $14.86.
  • LED Motion Activated Porch Light for $49.83
  • GE® Energy Star appliances including Frontload Washer for $942.00 and Dryer for $773 as well as GE Profile French Door Refrigerator for $2,179.00.

“This is a great way for us to help the local and regional community and our Members at a time when they need us the most,” said Paul Stone, regional vice president, Sam’s Club. “We’ve got the best line up of products to make a home more efficient and those looking to save a little green or the planet, will appreciate our prices. They will see savings at the register and going forward on their utility bills. We are optimistic we will be able to bring this concept to more of our clubs.”

To date, the participating Southern California Sam’s Club locations include facilities in Corona, Murrieta, Glendora, Ontario, La Habra, Chino, Long Beach, Fountain Valley and Torrance.

For more information about sustainability at Sam’s Club, visit samsclub.com to learn about waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation and responsible farming.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide and in Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club offers exceptional values on merchandise and services for business owners and consumers. Online merchandise and Club information is available at samsclub.com.