The Home Depot Canada Leading By Example In Corporate Sustainability
OTTAWA, Oct. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, visited The Home Depot Canada location on Baseline Road in Ottawa today to raise awareness about Ontario's saveONenergy FOR BUSINESS programs. These programs encourage commercial organizations to replace existing equipment with energy-efficient equipment and new control systems. The programs form part of the new Conservation First Framework, which is designed to reduce electricity consumption by seven terawatt-hours between 2015 and 2020.
The saveONenergy FOR BUSINESS programs assist businesses from the smallest retail stores to the largest industrial complexes across the province. The programs were developed collaboratively by Ontario's local electric utility companies and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to provide businesses with incentives to upgrade equipment and increase the efficiency of buildings and operations.
Retrofitting outdated equipment provides cost savings and improves the efficiency of operational procedures and processes. Eligible companies can receive financial incentives worth up to 50 percent of project costs towards modernizing current systems with high-efficiency equipment.
The Home Depot Canada is leading by example, participating in the programs offered under saveONenergy FOR BUSINESS, including the saveONenergy RETROFIT PROGRAM. Through this partnership, The Home Depot Canada has completed 191 conservation projects province-wide; reducing energy consumption by more than 29 million kilowatt-hours since 2012, enough electricity to power more than 3,200 homes. In Ottawa, Home Depot Canada has completed 16 major upgrades, including roof replacements, lighting reductions and building automation system upgrades. These improvements have reduced energy consumption by 1,659,000 kilowatt-hours, or enough electricity to power nearly 200 households. As part of its continued commitment to sustainability, The Home Depot Canada also participates in the OPA's Feed-in Tariff Program, having installed solar panels on the roofs of 49 stores across Ontario to date.
More information about the saveONenergy FOR BUSINESS programs, including a list of programs and eligibility requirements, is available at www.saveonenergy.ca/Business. To get started, apply online at www.saveonenergy.ca or contact your local electric utility.
"The saveONenergy FOR BUSINESS program is one way Ontario is helping businesses save money and energy. The enhanced conservation programs offered under the Five-Point Small Business Energy Savings Plan are part of Ontario's commitment to putting conservation first." -- Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy
"The Home Depot Canada is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment through continuous work with customers, vendors and community partners. From our Eco Options products to our participation in utility rebate campaigns and our ongoing efforts to retrofit stores across Canada for increased efficiency, we are consistently ensuring that our stores and our customers make better choices for the environment and do the right thing." -- Mark Getty, Regional Vice President, Eastern Canada, The Home Depot Canada.
"Hydro One is in a unique position to help business customers, such as Home Depot, that have multiple locations by offering a one-stop-shop solution. By providing businesses with an easy and seamless experience to participate in saveONenergy FOR BUSINESS programs, Hydro One can help customers and the Province achieve their conservation goals." -- Carm Marcello, President & CEO, Hydro One
"The saveONenergy FOR BUSINESS programs provide a great energy-savings opportunity for businesses to manage their electricity costs. This event demonstrates The Home Depot Canada's continuing support for our province-wide conservation goals as well as Ontarians' commitment to a culture of conservation across Ontario." -- Andrew Pride, OPA Vice-President, Conservation
Ontario continues to be a North American energy conservation leader. Ontario's conservation efforts are helping families and businesses across the province become more active in reducing their energy consumption. Ontarians have conserved more than 2,400 megawatts of electricity since 2006 – the equivalent of powering more than 700,000 homes.
The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its key areas of focus are planning the power system for the long term, leading and coordinating conservation initiatives across the province, and ensuring development of needed generation resources.
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