Take the Power Pledge at the OakvilleConserves Energy Fair

Friday, May 21, 2010 – for immediate release

Take the Power Pledge at the OakvilleConserves Energy Fair

Oakville signs on as a community sponsor for the Ontario-wide Power Pledge program

The Town of Oakville has signed on as a sponsoring community for the Power Pledge energy conservation program, which challenges Ontario residents to reduce their electricity use by visiting the Power Pledge website and pledging to reduce “phantom power,” which is the power consumed by electronics and appliances that are sleeping or off, but still plugged in to an outlet or power bar.

“I encourage all Oakville residents to take the Power Pledge and follow the simple suggestions for reducing their energy use,” Mayor Burton said. “I think some people don’t realize how easy it is to make a large dent in their household energy use. A big part of improving our air quality is using less energy overall, so not as much has to be produced by potentially polluting power plants.”

Residents who sign up to take the Power Pledge at the OakvilleConserves Energy Fair on Saturday, May 29 at Town Hall will be entered into a draw to win a green energy gift basket worth $150, and the first 150,000 Power Pledge participants get 20 Air Miles reward miles for signing up.

By taking the Power Pledge, residents are asked to:

Buy ENERGYSTAR® lighting, fixtures and/or appliances
Wash their clothes in cold water and/or line-dry their laundry when possible
Get a home energy audit
Get rid of any old, inefficient fridges through the Great Refrigerator Roundup program, which picks up old appliances from your home
Program their thermostat to save energy

The OakvilleConserves Energy Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and showcases green energy information, services and products from companies, groups and agencies across Halton. A free workshop on using solar energy at home begins at 10 a.m., and a workshop on geothermal energy begins at 11 a.m.

Exhibitors include:

Green Pole Solutions
Halton Environmental Network
Baseline Energy Services
Oakville Hydro
Power Save Solutions
Solar Ontario Limited
PRESTO from Oakville Transit
Union Gas
Bullfrog Power

The OakvilleGreen Community Garage & Plant Sale is taking place from 8 a.m. to noon on the same day in the Town Hall parking lot.

For more information on the OakvilleConserves Energy Fair, visit oakville.ca. For more information on the Power Pledge program and to sign up, visit the Power Pledge website.

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Media contact

Suzanne Austin
Municipal Energy Conservation Officer
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3910
saustin@oakville.ca


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