Poll Shows Ontarians Ready for Conservation

    Energy Conservation Week Events Challenge Everyone To Get Involved

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - According to an online poll, the vast majority of
Ontarians believe they can make a difference by saving energy. Now they can
start to take action by saying "Count Me In!" as part of Ontario's second
provincewide Energy Conservation Week.
    Energy Conservation Week runs from Sunday May 17 to Saturday, May 23.
This year, Ontarians are being encouraged to pledge from their choice of 100
energy saving ideas. Based on those selections, they'll be e-mailed a
personalized conservation plan. Their pledges will then culminate in a
provincewide challenge day on August 14.
    Online research undertaken for the OPA in April found that 86 per cent of
Ontarians believe they can make a difference through their personal
conservation efforts. Women (92 per cent) and GTA residents (89 per cent)
ranked as most confident, but men also ranked high at 79 per cent.
    "It's encouraging to see that Ontarians are embracing the importance of
their role in building a 'culture of conservation' across this province," said
George Smitherman Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.
"Every kilowatt we can save through conservation helps to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and lower energy use in our daily lives."
    "Ontario is in the midst of rebuilding its electricity system," said
Colin Andersen, CEO, Ontario Power Authority. "New sources of renewable power
are key, but conservation and energy efficiency are the foundation; I
encourage Ontarians to make a pledge to a greener Ontario."
    This year, Energy Conservation Week also features two special contests.
The Count Me In! Energy Audit Contest offers the chance to win one of five
Home Energy Audits through the Ontario Home Energy Saving Plan, or one of five
2009 Opus Mikha mountain bikes. The Fridge Relics contest invites Ontarians to
send photos of their old, unique and still-running refrigerators for a chance
to win one LG ENERGYStar(R) refrigerator. Contest details are available at the
campaign website: www.energyconservationweek.ca.

    Energy Conservation Week 2009 is a provincewide initiative co-ordinated,
in partnership, by the Ontario Power Authority, The Ontario Ministry of Energy
and Infrastructure, the Independent Electricity System Operator, the
Electricity Distributors Association, Hydro One, the Association of
Municipalities of Ontario and the City of Toronto. Ontario's businesses,
public institutions, schools and community-based organizations are also
encouraged to create events and activities with a conservation focus.
Ontario's first provincewide Energy Conservation Week in 2008 inspired
creative involvement by many organizations and communities, with more than 175
events promoting energy-efficiency and savings across the province.

             Energy Conservation Week 2009 - Events Backgrounder

    This is a partial list by location of some of the many events and
activities being held across Ontario as part of Energy Conservation Week. For
a complete list and more information about energy conservation for media,
visit the website at: www.energyconservationweek.ca:

    Aurora - Learn to Conserve Workshop - May 25
    Barrie - Learn to Conserve Workshop - May 26
    Brantford - Brantford Children's Village, Energy Conservation Painting
     Competition - May 20
    Burlington - Conservation Open house at Burlington Art Centre - May 20
    Caledonia - Daily energy conservation prizes through Moose FM - May 19-22
    Cambridge - Free clothesline giveaway at Home Depot - May 22
    Chatham - Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital energy conservation event
     - May 21
    Dunnville - Haldimand County Hydro Grade 5 conservation class - May 22
    Hamilton - Lime Ridge energy conservation measures - May 17-23
    Hamilton - Public Works lunch and learn on energy conservation programs
     - May 21
    Guelph - Energy Exchange Seminar for Guelph Chamber of Commerce members
     - May 22
    Kawartha Lakes - City staff participate in a conservation tips contest
     - May 18-26
    King City - King Conserves event - May 18
    Kingston - Cataraqui Town Centre energy conservation measures - May 17-23
    Kitchener - Children's Museum ECO Show - May 16
    Kitchener - Now House home retrofit exhibition - May 20
    London - Masonville energy conservation measures - May 17-23
    Midland - SHARE Renewable Energy Tour - May 23
    Milford - Sustainable Living Night: finding solutions together - May 21
    Milton - Milton Hydro community barbecue to promote conservation,
     support charity - May 21
    Mississauga - Employee Lunch and Learn at Mississauga Civic Centre
     - May 21
    Newmarket - Energy Conservation Information Session - May 18
    Oakville - Energy Conservation Fair - May 23
    Orillia - Orillia Power is adjusting its HVAC and lighting, and giving
     CFLs to customers - May 18
    Oshawa - Conservation Challenge and Smart Commute Ride-Matching Program
     - May 20
    Ottawa - Now House home retrofit exhibition - May 22
    Port Hope - Sunbay Energy Speakers Series: Home Energy Audits - May 21
    Sarnia - Waterfront Park Energy Conservation Awareness Fair - May 19
    Stoney Creek - Power Savings Blitz program breakfast - May 22
    St. Catharines - Niagara Folk Arts Festival with conservation programs
     promotion - May 23
    Sturgeon Falls - Education about smart meters and conservation programs
     - May 19
    Sudbury - Info session on conservation programs and smart meters
     - May 19
    Thunder Bay - Thunder Bay Hydro school education sessions
     - May 19
    Toronto - WWF Canada and Rough Valley Conservation Authority Hike
     - May 17
    Toronto - Kew Beach Public School Conservation Charette - May 21
    Toronto - Now House home retrofit exhibition - May 21
    Vaughn - Maple Library Learn to Conserve Workshop - May 21
    Waterdown - Count Me In! pledges at Rona - May 17
    Waterloo - Energy Futures Available Today conference - May 19
    Welland - Welland Hydro-Electric barbeque at City Hall - May 20
    Windsor - Now House home retrofit exhibition - May 19
    Woodstock - First Southwestern Ontario Clean Air Summit - May 21

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Power Authority, (416) 969-6307

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