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Legrand demonstrates significant one-day energy savings via employee-driven “Power Down Day”

Shares Power Down Day Toolkit and Corporate Energy Policy to help companies take steps to save energy

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., March 4, 2013 – Today, Legrand announced the success of the company’s first employee-driven Power Down Day with a total energy intensity reduction for the day at nearly 25 percent. Twenty-four sites participated in Power Down Day, held on November 29, 2012.

“A Power Down Day,” according to Susan Rochford, vice president, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy for Legrand, North America, “entails a 24-hour concerted effort to save energy within or across facilities and help raise awareness of the power of individual actions on our environment. More than 2500 employees across North America were part of our Power Down Day.”

Rochford adds, “I think Legrand’s Power Down Day was so successful, in part, because it was led and driven by our employees. There was great competition between the different sites, and we saw a lot of creativity and innovation.” Energy saving examples included unplugging seldom used machines, changing personal computer sleep settings to two minutes, and holding a “brown bag” lunch day to avoid the use of refrigeration.

Legrand, North America president and CEO, John Selldorff states that “in addition to being a fun and engaging competition, instituting Power Down Day was another way for Legrand to build on our past successes—we reduced our energy intensity by 20.2 percent over two years by making energy efficiency a top priority through our involvement in the Better Buildings, Better Plants (BBBP) Challenge.”

Legrand continues its commitment to share the resources it develops as it works to reduce energy intensity across its North America facilities. An 18-page Legrand, North America Energy Policy includes detailed energy saving policies and procedures – including a focus on facilities, submetering, Information Technology (IT) guidelines, purchasing and transportation guidelines, as well as a detailed reference section. This policy was rolled-out across the business, and many of the recommendations in this policy were used for Power Down Day planning and implementation.

Another resource, a Power Down Day Toolkit, provides background information and tools for other companies to develop and hold a 24-hour Power Down Day event. This toolkit includes specific actions to ensure a successful Power Down Day event – including a detailed project planning spreadsheet, communications tools and examples, and an easy-to-use, step-by-step checklist.

The Power Down Day Toolkit and Legrand, North America Energy Policy join the 16-page Energy Management Handbook and an Energy Project Evaluation Tool offered at no cost as part of Legrand’s ongoing commitment to share resources it is developing as it reduces energy intensity across its North America facilities. All energy savings resources can be found at

In addition to downloadable resources, the Legrand sustainability website features Legrand products, applications, and solutions to help customers reduce energy consumption. The site also includes links to other helpful resources offered by the Department of Energy and the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy, among others.


About Legrand
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of $5.8 billion in 2011. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed as LR.PA (PARIS: LR) on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819).  

About the Better Buildings Challenge
The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to make a public commitment to energy efficiency. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is highlighting leaders that have committed to upgrading buildings and plants across their portfolio, and providing their energy savings data and strategies as models for others to follow. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American commercial and industrial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.  

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