TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Hot summer days are just around the corner and with the potential for air conditioners working overtime, Ontarians are starting to think about ways to stay cool while saving energy, money and the environment.
The saveONenergy AND BE REWARDED campaign, launched by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) June 19 can help homeowners save on electricity costs and manage their energy use. Customers can earn up to 250 AIR MILES® reward miles by signing up for peaksaver PLUS®, removing an eligible appliance through the FRIDGE & FREEZER PICKUP program, or replacing old, inefficient furnaces and air conditioners through the HEATING & COOLING INCENTIVE program.
"June is National Electricity Month and the perfect time to launch the saveONenergy AND BE REWARDED campaign," said Andrew Pride, Vice President of Conservation at the OPA. "With summer on the way, saveONenergy programs can help our customers better manage their electricity and reduce costs, while earning AIR MILES reward miles."
According to the OPA, investments in conservation programs since 2005 have led to $4 billion in avoided costs and saved 1900 MW of electricity - enough to power 600,000 homes.
"Ontarians have done a great job in conserving electricity and making their homes more energy efficient," Pride said. "Conservation is our cleanest and cheapest energy source. It's good for customers, good for our environment and good for our electricity system. Together with the LDCs and our customers, we are building on the success of our saveONenergy programs and creating a cleaner and greener Ontario."
The OPA's suite of saveONenergy programs has also grown into one of North America's most successful and comprehensive conservation efforts. Over 370,000 appliances were collected through the FRIDGE & FREEZER PICKUP program and 200,000 peaksaver PLUS units have been installed.
Pride says that there is room to do even more on the conservation front. That's why the OPA is collaborating with the province's Local Distribution Companies to deliver the saveONenergy AND BE REWARDED campaign. They are also working on future conservation programs.
"At the end of the day it's about helping Ontarians get the immediate benefits of conservation and at the same time changing every day behaviours, so that we can realize the long-term benefits for each resident as well as the province as a whole," Pride added.
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