Internal - Energy Conservation Challenge 2016

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The City of Oshawa workplace Energy Conservation Challenge took place from Earth Hour (March 19) to Earth Day (April 22).

Thank you to City staff who participated by submitting their tips on how to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our workplace!


Congratulations to our Energy Conservation Contest winners!

1st prize (and a $100 restaurant gift certificate) goes to Jan DeJong for his thoughtful suggestion:

Are you wondering what you can do about energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gas emission, look no further than your garage. Somewhere stuck behind a whole lot of stuff is probably a bicycle that has not seen the light of day in many years. You often thought about going for a bike ride for some recreational purpose, burn some calories you say. But like so many of all the other resolutions this one too, did not get off the ground. It didn't happen. You see the problem in this culture we live, is that we see a bicycle only for recreation. We need to shift this to where we actually see a bicycle as a means of transportation to and from work.

I am not sure how many people are employed by the City of Oshawa, but I believe it is in the neighborhood of 800 people. Let's assume that about 10% lives within cycling distance of City Hall. That would mean we could have a potential of 80 cyclists making it to work using their bicycle. On an average day during the summer we can find 2 maybe 3 bikes parked in the garage. (one of them is mine).

If we are really serious about excessive usage of our energy and filling our world with greenhouse gas emission, let us shift our thinking away from a car to more sustainable resource. Yes we can buy an electric car, which will reduce the greenhouse gas emission, but it still needs to get recharged. But for those that live within cycling distance, why not cycle. It has great benefits for your health. A short workout in the morning, makes you feel refreshed, awake and probably more productive. You will submit zero emissions as you travel, you will reduce the wear and tear on our public streets and it makes for a more social way of travel as you will actual get to say hi to people on your way to work. To me cycling is how I get to work, Try it, you just may like it.

2nd prize (and a $50 restaurant gift certificate) goes to Kory Moffat. She says:


There are a few things I try to do every day to conserve energy and reduce my carbon footprint. I turn off my screen when I know I am going to be away from it for any extended period of time i.e. lunch and when I leave for the night.

When using the staff kitchen or bathroom I remember to turn off the light as I am leaving. I try to carpool with other staff when travelling to meetings. I would encouraged more meetings to take place as teleconferences, it not only saves the environment but is a more efficient use of time.

They are small changes but they add up!

3rd prize (and a $25 restaurant gift certificate) was awarded to Danielle Cudmore, for her money saving tip:

Last year we installed a Nest thermostat in our house. It allows us to set a schedule to ensure that the furnace isn't over exerting itself while we are at work or asleep.

The Nest also provides us with data on our energy conservation efforts. It gives us heating/cooling goals seasonally and indicates an eco-friendly temperature by putting a green leaf on the thermostat display. Monthly it lets us know how we're doing compared to other Nest users in our area. We've seen our bill go down approximately 10% since installation. It's a great user-friendly tool with benefits for both the environment and your wallet!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their money & energy saving ideas! For more money saving ideas, visit www.opuc.on.ca.

The City of Oshawa workplace Energy Conservation Challenge took place from Earth Hour (March 19) to Earth Day (April 22).

Thank you to City staff who participated by submitting their tips on how to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our workplace!


Congratulations to our Energy Conservation Contest winners!

1st prize (and a $100 restaurant gift certificate) goes to Jan DeJong for his thoughtful suggestion:

Are you wondering what you can do about energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gas emission, look no further than your garage. Somewhere stuck behind a whole lot of stuff is probably a bicycle that has not seen the light of day in many years. You often thought about going for a bike ride for some recreational purpose, burn some calories you say. But like so many of all the other resolutions this one too, did not get off the ground. It didn't happen. You see the problem in this culture we live, is that we see a bicycle only for recreation. We need to shift this to where we actually see a bicycle as a means of transportation to and from work.

I am not sure how many people are employed by the City of Oshawa, but I believe it is in the neighborhood of 800 people. Let's assume that about 10% lives within cycling distance of City Hall. That would mean we could have a potential of 80 cyclists making it to work using their bicycle. On an average day during the summer we can find 2 maybe 3 bikes parked in the garage. (one of them is mine).

If we are really serious about excessive usage of our energy and filling our world with greenhouse gas emission, let us shift our thinking away from a car to more sustainable resource. Yes we can buy an electric car, which will reduce the greenhouse gas emission, but it still needs to get recharged. But for those that live within cycling distance, why not cycle. It has great benefits for your health. A short workout in the morning, makes you feel refreshed, awake and probably more productive. You will submit zero emissions as you travel, you will reduce the wear and tear on our public streets and it makes for a more social way of travel as you will actual get to say hi to people on your way to work. To me cycling is how I get to work, Try it, you just may like it.

2nd prize (and a $50 restaurant gift certificate) goes to Kory Moffat. She says:


There are a few things I try to do every day to conserve energy and reduce my carbon footprint. I turn off my screen when I know I am going to be away from it for any extended period of time i.e. lunch and when I leave for the night.

When using the staff kitchen or bathroom I remember to turn off the light as I am leaving. I try to carpool with other staff when travelling to meetings. I would encouraged more meetings to take place as teleconferences, it not only saves the environment but is a more efficient use of time.

They are small changes but they add up!

3rd prize (and a $25 restaurant gift certificate) was awarded to Danielle Cudmore, for her money saving tip:

Last year we installed a Nest thermostat in our house. It allows us to set a schedule to ensure that the furnace isn't over exerting itself while we are at work or asleep.

The Nest also provides us with data on our energy conservation efforts. It gives us heating/cooling goals seasonally and indicates an eco-friendly temperature by putting a green leaf on the thermostat display. Monthly it lets us know how we're doing compared to other Nest users in our area. We've seen our bill go down approximately 10% since installation. It's a great user-friendly tool with benefits for both the environment and your wallet!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their money & energy saving ideas! For more money saving ideas, visit www.opuc.on.ca.

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  • Nest Thermostat

    over 2 years ago

    Last year we installed a Nest thermostat in our house. It allows us to set a schedule to ensure that the furnace isn't over exerting itself while we are at work or asleep.

    The Nest also provides us with data on our energy conservation efforts. It gives us heating/cooling goals seasonally and indicates an eco-friendly temperature by putting a green leaf on the thermostat display. Monthly it lets us know how we're doing compared to other Nest users in our area.

    We've seen our bill go down apx. 10% since installation. It's a great user-friendly tool with benefits for both... Continue reading

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  • Small changes added up to big savings!

    over 2 years ago

    There are a few things I try to do everyday to conserve energy and reduce my carbon footprint. I turn off my screen when I know I am going to be away from it for any extended period of time i.e. lunch and when I leave for the night.

    When using the staff kitchen or bathroom I remember to turn off the light as I am leaving. I try to carpool with other staff when travelling to meetings. I would encouraged more meetings to take place as teleconferences, it not only saves the environment but is a more efficient use... Continue reading

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  • Making it work

    by tothewoodshed, over 2 years ago

    Are you wondering what you can do about energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gas emission, look no further then your garage. Somewhere stuck behind a whole lot of stuff is probably a bicycle that has not seen the light of day in many years. You often thought about going for a bike ride for some recreational purpose, burn some calories you say. But like so many of all the other resolutions this one too, did not get of the ground. It didn't happen. You see the problem in this culture we live, is that we see a bicycle... Continue reading

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