The Home Depot tackles energy, embraces Habitat

The Home Depot's latest effort in community building involves a partnership with MasterCard and a donation -- of up to $1 million -- to Habitat for Humanity.

During the month of October, which is Energy Awareness Month, 10% of the appliance price of all purchases of Energy Star-qualified appliance products made with a MasterCard at The Home Depot will be donated to Habitat for Humanity International.

"The Home Depot is passionate about providing its customers with easy, affordable ways to lower the cost of operating their homes on a daily basis, and we are committed to helping Habitat for Humanity build energy-efficient homes for families in need," said Dwaine Kimmet, treasurer and VP financial services at The Home Depot. "This program brings those two causes together by giving customers an incentive to make purchases that will conserve energy and save money, while also supporting the important mission of Habitat for Humanity."

Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation partnered in 2009 to launch a five-year green building initiative to help Habitat affiliates in the United States incorporate sustainable building practices in 5,000 homes. Funded by a $30 million grant from The Home Depot Foundation, the partnership has already resulted in the construction of 1,500 homes that meet Energy Star guidelines or another nationally recognized green building standard.