Wickes trains staff and saves £500k on energy

UK DIY store Wickes saved more than £500,000 on its energy bill last year after training its staff to cut energy usage. The company trained 146 member across 230 stores through Low Energy Company’s (LEC) quiz-style e-learning, which provided them with the knowledge needed to reduce personal energy consumption at work. The programme began after store manager Neil Chetwynd […]

UK DIY firms smash recycling and waste targets

Major retailers including Argos, Homebase and B&Q have smashed both waste to landfill and packaging targets as part of the Home Improvement Sector Commitment (HISC). The voluntary agreement set a 50% target to reduce waste sent to landfill by DIY firms compared to 2007 levels of 108,908 tonnes and cut own-brand and direct-sourced packaging by […]

EDF to subsidise Wickes insulation

EDF Energy has teamed up with DIY retailer Wickes to provide low-cost insulation for households. In a deal running until December 2012, EDF will subsidise Wickes’ insulation and energy saving lighting products. EDF’s head of energy services Angus Wilby said: “We all know how important it is to insulate our homes to save energy and […]