Ottawa residents recognized as national leaders in use of energy-efficient bulbs



    OTTAWA, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Project Porchlight, an award-winning
energy efficiency campaign run by not-for-profit group One Change, was
recognized today along with the City of Ottawa and Hydro Ottawa in a ceremony
that recognized the City of Ottawa's energy conservation efforts.
    Over the last two years Project Porchlight volunteers have handed out
250,000 CFL bulbs to city households. Executive director of One Change
Stuart Hickox spoke about how the home-grown campaign has expanded. "Hydro
Ottawa and the City were founding partners of this program, and the Ontario
Power Authority has been key to our continued success," said Hickox. "We think
it's very exciting that Ottawa residents are at the forefront of
energy-conscious behaviour, and we'd like to highlight how communities across
Ontario will benefit from this experience."
    A recent Statistics Canada report(1) showed that Ottawa has embraced a
culture of conservation, as demonstrated by actions such as installing compact
fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Ottawa came in with the highest rate of
households using CFL bulbs at 70%.
    CFL bulbs use 75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, reducing
greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired plants at a rate of half a
tonne per bulb over five years. The energy conserved by switching from
old-fashioned incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient 13-watt CFL bulbs saves
$50 in electricity costs per bulb over its lifetime. Currently, a
province-wide campaign is underway in which 500,000 CFL bulbs will be
delivered to households across Ontario.
    The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is a key contributor to this
volunteer-led initiative. "This program will help Ontario residents save on
their electricity bills and will encourage a culture of conservation," said
Peter Love, Chief Energy Conservation Officer, Ontario Power Authority.
"Ontarians are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of electricity
conservation and programs such as Project Porchlight help them make smart
electricity choices."
    Peter Love, Chief Energy Conservation Officer of OPA, presented Mayor
Larry O'Brien with a certificate recognizing citizens of Ottawa for their
conservation efforts.
    Thanks to support from the OPA, the Government of Ontario, the Ontario
Trillium Foundation, various local municipalities and other partners, Project
Porchlight will deliver half a million bulbs to communities across Ontario
over the fall. Volunteers and community groups can visit
www.projectporchlight.com to sign up to help with door-to-door delivery.

    About Project Porchlight

    Project Porchlight is a campaign run by One Change, a small
not-for-profit group with a big idea: to show Canadians how anyone can use
less electricity, save on rising energy costs, and help make the planet a
nicer place for our children. Project Porchlight's goal is to get every
household in Canada to make that first change and replace one old-fashioned,
inefficient incandescent to an energy-efficient CFL bulb.

    About Project Porchlight's Sponsors

    Ontario Power Authority

    The Ontario Power Authority contributes to the development of a reliable
and sustainable electricity system. They encourage and facilitate conservation
and adequate electricity supply from diverse resources. The OPA engages with
stakeholders, including government, public, media, customers, associations,
generators and investors.

    Government of Ontario - Ministry of the Environment

    Ontario's Ministry of the Environment has been protecting Ontario's
environment for over 30 years. Using stringent regulations, targeted
enforcement and a variety of innovative programs and initiatives, the ministry
continues to address environmental issues that have local, regional and/or
global effects. The Ministry of the Environment is responsible for protecting
clean and safe air, land and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological
protection and sustainable development for present and future generations of
Ontarians.

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation

    The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of
Ontario. 2007 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
For the past quarter century, it has supported the growth and vitality of
communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of
the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For
more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.

    Project Porchlight is also sponsored by some regional partners, including
EnWin Utilities in Windsor and Thunder Bay Hydro in Thunder Bay.

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    (1) Households and the Environment. Statistics Canada, 2006.
    http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/11-526-XIE/11-526-XIE2007001.pdf




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview: Manon Crôteau,
Project Porchlight, 1-866-585-6359, ext. 218, (613) 263-0403,
manon@onechange.org, www.projectporchlight.com

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