Media Advisory - Brighter Nights™: Shining a Light on Safety in Toronto Communities

TORONTO, Aug. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Residents in communities across the city are working with Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro"), City of Toronto Community Crisis Response Program (CCRP), Toronto Community Housing and local volunteers to brighten the night by installing energy efficient light bulbs. Today's event will be held in the Bay Mills Boulevard community.

WHO:   

Toronto Hydro, City of Toronto Community Crisis Response Program, Toronto Community Housing, Steels L'Amoreaux Youth Empowerment (SLYE), Bay Mills Youth Council, Agincourt Community Services Association and local volunteers.



WHAT:  

Toronto Hydro representatives and local volunteers will be moving door-to-door in the Bay Mills neighbourhood, engaging residents, installing 100 light bulbs and delivering conservation messaging. The event will be followed by a community barbeque.



WHEN:    

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.



WHERE:

200 – 374 Bay Mills Boulevard (Sheppard Avenue East and Birchmount Road)



WHY:  

The Brighter Nights program responds to safety concerns in vulnerable neighbourhoods and helps make them brighter and safer by installing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and encouraging residents to leave them on overnight. A CFL bulb left on between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. costs about a penny a day and uses 75 per cent less electricity* than a standard incandescent bulb.




The Brighter Nights program is a community based response to safety concerns. This community outreach program aligns safety with energy efficiency by focusing on how valuable lighting can be to our communities.  Since 2011, the program has visited 26 neighbourhoods across Toronto, installing approximately 4,000 energy efficient light bulbs. More information on this program can be found at torontohydro.com/brighternights



*Natural Resources Canada

SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System, Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com, W: 416-542-2621, C: 416-903-0440; Andrea Corkum, Toronto Hydro-Electric System, acorkum@torontohydro.com, C: 416-903-0843 (onsite)