Ottawa Area Family Battles Energy Bulge

Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic launch Energy Diet Challenge

OTTAWA, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - The Mawby family of Osgoode (near Ottawa, Ontario) are participating in The Energy Diet Challenge, a three-month competition designed by Canadian Geographic and Shell Canada Limited to encourage Canadians to use energy more efficiently in their homes and make smarter mobility choices.

"We're participating because we want to see what is realistic and reasonable to expect of a family of our size. What aspects of energy use can we control and where can we make changes," said the Mawby family, which consists of mom Jill, dad Russell and their children Colin and Megan.

As part of the Challenge, six households from across Canada are competing to earn points for creativity, participation, overall energy reduction and accumulation of audience votes.  One household could win a grand prize consisting of either a Toyota Prius v or a high performance bike package. Additional prizes can also be won throughout the Challenge.

"By following the various families, we hope other Canadians will be inspired to improve their own energy efficiency.  As a major energy supplier, Shell wants to be part of the solution by helping people use the energy resources we produce more wisely," said Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada President and Country Chair.

Canadians can view the families' progress and track their own energy use at energydiet.canadiangeographic.ca.  The website will be updated on a regular basis with helpful tips, celebrity guest blogs and other content.  People can vote up to once per day for their favourite household.  

"At Canadian Geographic, we are dedicated to helping Canadians learn more about the country and its resources. Energy resources are a vital part of our country's natural heritage and the Energy Diet Challenge will help all Canadians increase their energy literacy and make a hands-on environmental difference every day," said John Geiger, President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

The Energy Diet Challenge runs from September to December and will also see the families compete in an urban race in Calgary on October 1, 2011 to test their energy saving skills and knowledge, as well as a challenge to see which household can travel farthest on a litre of fuel in the Toronto area on October 29.

Notes to Editors

  • The participating households are from Marsh Lake (Yukon Territory), Nanaimo (British Columbia) Calgary (Alberta), Osgoode (Ontario), St. Bruno (Quebec) and Varennes (Quebec).
  • Backgrounders and stock photography are available for each household

Canadian Geographic
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Society's mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians and its goal is to make Canadians more geographically-literate. The principal mechanism of its public education role is Canadian Geographic magazine. For more than 80 years, Canadian Geographic has been telling stories, explaining issues and making the country more accessible through words, pictures and maps.

Royal Dutch Shell plc
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Shell Canada Ltd
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Image with caption: "The Mawby Family: Russell, Megan, Jill and Colin (photo credit David Trattles) (CNW Group/Shell Canada Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110912_C2202_PHOTO_EN_3042.jpg

SOURCE Shell Canada Limited

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