Kroger has turned green -- and it has nothing to do with the produce.
The food and pharmacy stores recently finished installing energy-efficient lights to cut costs and become more environmentally friendly.
"It's more beneficial to the environment since we're using less energy," said Dale Hollandsworth, manager of integrated communication for Kroger's national office in Columbus. "Anytime you can save energy it's a good business decision. You have a win-win."
Customers walking through Sandusky's local Kroger and several stores throughout the United States may not notice, but the lights were changed from fluorescent lights to smaller diameter fluorescent tubes and a more efficient ballast, Hollandsworth said.
The process started five years ago and now all the stores originally lighted with fluorescent lights have been converted to the smaller ones, Hollandsworth said.
"When you reduce energy, you look at your return on your investment," Hollandsworth said. "They pay for themselves in two years and then you save on energy bills."
Kroger is upgrading its lights again with even more energy-efficient ones.
"Within the past month, we have started retrofitting stores with halide lights," Hollandsworth said.
The metal halide lights, similar to halogen lights, will soon replace the smaller fluorescent lights, he said.