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Airdrie reduces energy by about 6% during Earth Hour

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 11:38 am

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The results are in from FortisAlberta and energy consumption during Earth Hour in Airdrie was down by 5.7 per cent from the same time the previous week.

The event, which took place March 29, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., had residents powering down by turning off lights and other electrical devices for the hour.

The results, though similar to last year, saw the city slip from 14th to 19th place among the 48 communities Fortis surveyed. However, Fortis Program Specialist – Energy Efficiency representative Jennifer Yip said the slip is likely to do with the increase in surveyed communities from 42 last year to 48 this year.

“It’s still a good result,” she said.

The amount of energy saved during the hour was 2,687 kilowatts, which is equivalent to powering more than 179,000 15-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs and 2,986 houses for an hour.

The total electricity saved during the hour in the communities surveyed was enough to power three per cent of Albertan households for an hour.

“I hope that all the efforts for Earth Hour extend further,” Yip said. “All these little things we do make a difference.”

Fortis recommends some simple steps to improve energy efficiency everyday

• Turn your lights off when leaving the room,

• Replace conventional lights with compact fluorescent lights, which are 75 times more energy efficient

• Use a reading lamp in lieu of overhead lighting when you only require a small amount of light

• Unplug phone chargers and other electronic equipment when they’re not in use as they continue to use electricity if plugged in

• Clean or dust coils at the back of the refrigerator yearly to help the compressor cool faster and run more efficiently

• Unplug seldom used appliances

• Run the dishwasher only when its full, then air-dry dishes

• Use a microwave or toaster oven to cook leftovers instead of a conventional oven

• Use ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics, which use 30 to 50 per cent less energy

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