Avoid TV energy hogs with smart purchases and use: Veridian

    AJAX, ON, May 22 /CNW/ - With televisions and add-ons now hogging up to
10 per cent of household energy, consumers are getting help from Veridian, a
leader in Ontario's energy sector. As part of Ontario's Energy Conservation
Week, Veridian today launched an awareness campaign to help consumers conserve
    "Annual household electricity use for TVs now rivals that of the biggest
energy hog, the refrigerator, so there's a real incentive to make smarter
purchases," said Veridian's President and CEO Michael Angemeer. "This
initiative is another way we're working with residents to conserve energy,
save money and reduce greenhouse gases."
    Energy consumption has been rising because people are buying larger TVs
and more of them. As part of its education campaign, Veridian's customers will
receive a brochure that explains what to look for in terms of High Definition
TV and how to match television size to room size. It provides practical tips
such as using a power bar to switch off all TV components when not in use, and
where to dispose of TVs in an environmentally responsible way.
    While refrigerator energy use has dramatically decreased, TVs now account
for about 10 per cent of household energy use when combined with add-ons such
as cable TV tuners, satellite receivers, digital converters and DVD players,
according to the National Resources Defence Council (NRDC). Consumers can
compare ENERGY STAR(R) ratings for many television brands through a link at
    Veridian's TV energy use awareness campaign joins a growing list of
initiatives aimed at building environmental sustainability, both locally and
globally. The company supports research into electric cars at the University
of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and helped develop and sponsor
Generation Conservation, an award-winning Grade 5 Science and Technology
program for Durham schools. Veridian also encourages environmental
improvements through its community sponsorships.
    "As a steward of the resource that powers many communities in Ontario,
we're dedicated to building smart, sustainable communities that are great
places to live and work," said Angemeer.

    Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 111,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the
Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge,
Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and
Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian
Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of
Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation.

For further information:

For further information: George Armstrong, Manager of Regulatory Affairs
and Key Projects, Veridian Connections Inc., (905) 427-9870, extension 2202

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