Energy efficiency campaign to generate up to $3.5 million in energy savings for Windsor residents

    OTTAWA, Sept. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - An award-winning energy efficiency
campaign was launched today in Windsor, part of a province-wide campaign to
deliver 500,000 free energy-efficiency light bulbs to Ontario households.
Project Porchlight is working with the Ontario Power Authority, the Government
of Ontario, EnWin Utilities Ltd. in Windsor, and the Ontario Trillium
Foundation to spread an important message: Everyone can conserve energy, save
money, and help the environment with simple, effective actions.
    "This is about more than changing light bulbs," said Stuart Hickox,
Executive Director of One Change, the organization that runs Project
Porchlight. "Everybody can change a bulb, and once people realize that simple
actions like this really do matter, they want to do more. A light goes on. So
we are asking the people of Windsor to be a light in their own communities by
delivering bulbs door-to-door."
    Switching just one old-fashioned incandescent bulb to an energy-efficient
13-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb will save $50 in electricity
costs over five years. With 70,000 bulbs in use, the collective savings for
Windsor residents will be $3.5 million over that time. Because CFL bulbs use
75% less electricity than incandescent bulbs, their use reduces greenhouse gas
emissions from coal-fired plants. If every household in Windsor switches just
one bulb, 3,968,933 kg of coal won't have to be burned to produce electricity
and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 35,000 tonnes.
    Dwight Duncan, MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh and Minister of Energy, Mayor
Eddie Francis, Maxwell Zalev, Acting President and CEO of EnWin
Utilities Ltd., and Edward Weinstein, CEO of Globe Electric, were at Princess
Anne School in Windsor today to help launch Project Porchlight's campaign.
    Funding of $1.5 million from the Government of Ontario will enable local
volunteers to deliver 500,000 CFL bulbs to Ontario homes. In recent months,
Ontario has launched a range of new programs encouraging homeowners to make
energy efficiency improvements to their homes. "Windsor is the perfect place
to launch this campaign because of our proven commitment to energy
conservation," said Minister Duncan. "By making just one change - like
switching to CFL bulbs - we can all save energy, money, and help improve our
    The Ontario Power Authority is also a key contributor to this
volunteer-led initiative. "This program will help Windsor 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."
    EnWin Utilities stepped in to ensure that Project Porchlight volunteers
will be able to deliver bulbs across the whole city. "I am proud to see
Windsor taking a leadership role in conserving energy," said Mayor Eddie
Francis. "This conservation program is an example of EnWin's commitment to
creating a more energy-efficient community, and I salute EnWin for taking an
energy challenge and turning it into an energy opportunity."
    Windsor bulb distribution will begin in mid-September; Project Porchlight
will continue to deliver its half million bulbs to communities across Ontario
over the fall. Volunteers and community groups can visit the web site to sign up to volunteer.

    About Project Porchlight

    Project Porchlight is an award-winning not-for-profit organization. The
goal of Project Porchlight is to get every household in Canada to change 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

    EnWin Utilities

    EnWin Utilities, Windsor's local distribution company, is responsible for
the transmission and distribution of electricity as well as the service and
maintenance of Windsor's electricity distribution infrastructure.

    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

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For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Suzanne Fraser, Project Porchlight, (866) 585-6359, (613) 232-5892 x 217,

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