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MERVYN'S EARNS EDISON REBATE FOR INSTALLING ENERGY-EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT

 ROSEMEAD, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Edison awarded Mervyn's Department Stores nearly $284,000 for participating in Edison's Design for Excellence (DFE) program. The steps will save Mervyn's $200,000 per year on its energy bills.
 Carl McBride, Edison major account executive, presented the check to Kevin Thompson, director, construction and maintenance. Mervyn's actions will result in an annual savings of 2 million kilowatt hours at its Hanford, Palmdale, Fontana, Palm Desert and Mission Viejo stores.
 Thompson said that Mervyn's views energy conservation and management as a total win-win situation that benefits the company's customers and community. "Mervyn's Construction and Facilities Division has taken competitiveness and concern for the environment to heart. By reducing energy costs, we are able to contribute these savings to the corporation for the benefit of our customers," Thompson said.
 As part of its energy efficiency effort, Mervyn's installed an energy management system and replaced most incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps during the design stage. The company also installed above standards envelope insulation and T-8 lamps with electronic ballasts.
 McBride said that the Edison DFE program provides financial incentives to help create energy-efficient buildings during the design phase so building owners start saving energy and money from the first day of operation, and avoid the expense, disruption and lost energy savings of a retrofit in later years.
 McBride added that Mervyn's energy efficiency measures not only save the company money, but they help other Edison customers too. "When energy is used efficiently, air quality is improved and there is less need to build costly, new power plants."
 Customers interested in learning more about Edison's energy efficiency programs should call Edison's 24-hour Action Line at 800-952-5062.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Klein, 909-394-8874 or 818-302-2255; or Carolyn Murray, 909-394-8876 or 818-302-2255/


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