GARDINER — Reny’s Department Stores, a longtime favorite of Maine bargain-hunters, has received an award for becoming more energy-efficient.
The Newcastle-based chain, which has local stores in downtown Gardiner, Farmington, Madison and Pittsfield, was one of 10 businesses honored by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships with a Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency award, the only winner in Maine.
Reny’s, sponsored for the award by Efficiency Maine, demonstrated a 30 percent reduction in energy use. The reduced energy usage resulted in annual cost savings of almost $30,000, according to a news release.
The winning organizations were chosen based on their outstanding achievements to adopt and implement energy efficiency practices. Their efforts, the release said, resulted in demonstrated energy savings which improved the organizations’ financial bottom lines.