TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) is thrilled to announce the results from the Eco-City Community Challenge, their national energy efficiency program designed to educate Canadians
on the benefits of energy conservation to both our economy and
environment. Over 1,300 Canadian cities and 41,000 Canadians
participated, registering a total energy-savings of 47-million
kilowatt-hours (kWh)/year, which translates into a whopping
$5.6-million in potential cost-savings for consumers!
The top Eco-City was Toronto, Ontario earning energy-savings of
3.4-million kWh/year and projected cost-savings of over $400,000 for
participating consumers. Montreal placed second, with energy-savings of
1.4-million kWh/year and $125,900 in cost-savings, and Ottawa came in
third with 1.3-million kWh/year and over $118,000 in savings. Quebec
was the top province, earning energy-savings of 18.6-million kWh/year
and cost-savings of over $2.2-million. The Pembina Institute performed all data calculations and analysis for the Challenge.
The goal of the Eco-City Community Challenge was to capture and reward
the energy-saving activities that Canadians have undertaken in their
homes and inspire them to do more. Actions on the interactive and
educational entry form ranged from changing light bulbs and washing
laundry in cold water, to upgrading major appliances and weatherizing
windows and doors.
"Canadians need to be educated about energy efficiency and motivated to
make energy saving changes. Saving money is the key incentive—the bonus
is that it helps the environment," said Elizabeth McDonald, President
and CEO of CEEA. "Our motto is the most affordable energy is the energy
not used. Congratulations to all 1324 participating cities, for
embracing this energy-efficiency mindset."
"We are impressed with the overwhelming number of Canadians dedicated to
saving energy in their homes," said Kaz Flinn, Vice President,
Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank. "Canadians want to save
energy and money, and the Scotiabank EcoLiving program helps them achieve both. Our partnership with CEEA on the
Eco-City Community Challenge has brought that energy-saving information
and great incentives to Canadians from coast to coast."
"Energy efficiency is the best, cheapest, most effective way to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions - saving money and improving our productivity
and competitiveness," said Jason Switzer, Director of Corporate
Consulting, Pembina. "Canada needs to do better, and the individual
home owners who participated in the Eco-City Community Challenge are
showing the way."
Individual participants in the Eco-City Challenge were also entered to
win a grand prize package of five energy-efficient Whirlpool
appliances, with a retail value of more than $8,000 including: the
Whirlpool Duet® Front Load Washer, Whirlpool Duet® Dryer, Whirlpool
36-inch French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator, Whirlpool Dishwasher
with Stainless Steel Interior and PowerScour™ Option, and a Whirlpool
Electric Range. We would like to congratulate Nikki Brew from London,
Ontario who was selected as the lucky winner.
For more information about the Eco-City Community Challenge, please
About the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) is committed to building a
national program to educate consumers on the shared benefits of
energy-efficiency behaviours. As the leading non-government
energy-efficiency advocate in Canada, CEEA's mission is to improve
access to energy efficiency information and increase awareness of its
benefits to the Canadian economy and environment.
About Scotiabank EcoLiving
The Scotiabank EcoLiving Program launched in June 2010. The website, www.scotiabank.com/ecoliving, is a unique program focused on educating Canadians on the shared
benefits of home energy efficiency and green home improvements. With
its emphasis on both saving money and the environment, the website
includes a financial calculator and information on government rebates,
which allow visitors to plan and finance their projects and see the
savings that can result from environmentally friendly renovations.
About the Pembina Institute
The Pembina Institute is a Canadian non-profit think tank that advances
sustainable energy solutions through research, education, consulting
and advocacy. Pembina promotes environmental, social and economic
sustainability in the public interest by developing practical solutions
for communities, individuals, government and businesses.
About Green Living Enterprises
Green Living Enterprises is Canada's leading cause-marketing agency
focused on social and environmental program development. Our team is
led by award-winning industry experts in the fields of brand and
program development; custom content; advertising, marketing and
communications; and event management. Green Living Enterprises also
produces Greenlivingonline.com and The Green Living Show, Canada's largest consumer show, dedicated to
easy and simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable
SOURCE: Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance
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