CINCINNATI, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) received the Alliance to Save Energy's top award, the "Galaxy" Star of Energy Efficiency, at the organization's annual awards dinner Wednesday evening. "We are honored to receive this recognition from the Alliance to Save Energy," said David B. Dillon, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer. "This is a real tribute to Kroger's 339,000 associates who bring our energy saving programs to life every day. We will continue to work tirelessly in all areas of our business to reduce energy consumption." Kroger made a commitment to saving energy twelve years ago. The company utilizes a variety of practices to increase energy efficiency, employing technology such as LED lights and engaging store associates in energy savings initiatives. As a result, Kroger has reduced its energy use by 32 percent since the year 2000 – saving enough electricity to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio for one year. These initiatives have also saved Kroger more than $100 million per year in energy costs. More information about Kroger's sustainability efforts can be found at http://sustainability.kroger.com. More on the Alliance to Save Energy can be found at http://ase.org. Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 788 convenience stores, 342 fine jewelry stores, 1,124 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information please visit Kroger.com. SOURCE The Kroger Co.