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Success Story — Donald’s Uniform and Apparel

Donald’s Uniform and Apparel earns ENERGY STAR recognition

Donald's Uniform and ApparelST. PAUL– Energy Smart completed an on-site energy consultation at Donald’s Uniform and Apparel as part of a community focus along St. Paul’s Payne Avenue. Noticing the building seemed very efficient, Energy Smart offered to help Donald’s enter its building and utility data into the federal Energy Star program’s Portfolio Manager.

After inputting 12 months of consecutive utility bill information and other required data, results were encouraging: Portfolio Manager showed that Donald’s scored an 87 on the 1-100 scale. A score of 75 or above means it is among the most energy-efficient buildings for its size nationwide. The Energy Star Building program helps buildings get useful data about their energy usage and how they stack with other similar types of building on energy use.

The East Side Neighborhood Development Company provided a small grant to help Donald’s hire an engineer to verify the building and utility data’s accuracy and submit the application to the Energy Star program.

Donald’s received the Energy Star building label for 2010 and was sent a bronze plaque for its building.  “We’re very happy to achieve the award,” says Larry Laughlin, owner. “When we make decisions that are good for the business and the environment, it’s a win-win situation.”

Contact Energy Smart today for more information on earning ENERGY STAR certification. Contact us at or (651) 292-3902.