Town powers down for the Power Pledge Black Out Challenge on August 11

Friday, August 05, 2011 – for immediate release

Town powers down for the Power Pledge Black Out Challenge on August 11

On Wednesday, August 11, the Town of Oakville will reduce its electricity use by dimming or turning off non-essential lights and turning down air conditioning in its facilities while keeping health and safety in mind. The Power Pledge Black Out Challenge is a day-long competition between Ontario municipalities participating in the Power Pledge energy conservation program to see who can save the most energy in one day.

“Let’s power down Oakville together and show Ontario we’re serious about energy conservation,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “I encourage residents to take the Power Pledge and make an effort to reduce their electricity use on August 11. Individual households and businesses can really make a difference by striving to use less energy every day.”

The town has signed on as a sponsoring community for the Power Pledge energy conservation program, which challenges Ontario residents to reduce their electricity use by pledging to reduce energy consumption. 

By taking the Power Pledge, residents are asked to:

Reduce “phantom power” by unplugging electronics and appliances that are in sleep or stand-by mode
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

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Media Contact:

Trisha Leszczynski
Environmental Policy Coordinator
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3948
tleszczynski@oakville.ca


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