Energy Conservation Challenge

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Way to go Oshawa! We had a great response to the Energy Conservation Challenge!

The City's Energy Conservation Challenge, in partnership with Oshawa P.U.C. Networks and the Oshawa Public Libraries, kicked-off on Earth Hour (March 19) and ran through to Earth Day (April 22).

Thank you to all those who participated by submitting tips on how to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tips were submitted below on Connect Oshawa and in person at City facilities.

The Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee, a committee of volunteers that advises Council with respect to certain environmental matters, reviewed all submitted tips.

The Committee selected three winners who will receive gift certificates for Oshawa restaurants, donated by the Oshawa P.U.C. Networks. Congratulations to the first and second place winners, Dorothy Booher and Hazel MacPhail.

Way to go Oshawa! We had a great response to the Energy Conservation Challenge!

The City's Energy Conservation Challenge, in partnership with Oshawa P.U.C. Networks and the Oshawa Public Libraries, kicked-off on Earth Hour (March 19) and ran through to Earth Day (April 22).

Thank you to all those who participated by submitting tips on how to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Tips were submitted below on Connect Oshawa and in person at City facilities.

The Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee, a committee of volunteers that advises Council with respect to certain environmental matters, reviewed all submitted tips.

The Committee selected three winners who will receive gift certificates for Oshawa restaurants, donated by the Oshawa P.U.C. Networks. Congratulations to the first and second place winners, Dorothy Booher and Hazel MacPhail.

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  • Toaster Oven More efficient

    by thelmartin, over 2 years ago

    As much as possible use a toaster oven for cooking rather than turning on the stove oven. Purchasing one with a convection feature helps cook faster and therefore use less energy. That along with batch cooking helps cut energy use and cost. Use a drying rack and clothes line to minimize the need to use the dryer.

    Use Go Transit, a bike or walk rather than use the car. Where I live now I can walk to do my groceries so I purchased a shopping cart on wheels so I could walk to the grocery store and still get all... Continue reading

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  • Just Unplug

    by Hazelnut, over 2 years ago

    Unplug all those extra things that are draining energy ,night lights, chargers that are no longer charging, perfumed wax melters,, computers that no one is using and change all those old fashioned light bulbs. Use a timer when in the shower. Don't idle the car for long, turn off the engine when you are stopped for long periods of time. If you can, walk to the store to pick up a few things, or wait until your list is long enough to make using the car worthwhile.

    You will save not only energy but money too!

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  • Discover the Joys of Unplugged Entertainment

    by Chocobean, over 2 years ago

    Walk over to your library to borrow a few books. If it's too cold or wet, check out an audio book from the website. Sit down and play board games together as a family once a week: your young children don't have to follow all the rules, and feel free to re-use the pieces and make a new game. This isn't just good for energy savings, it's great for health of your eyes and your mind as well! If that's too "extreme", try turning off Netflix after one episode per evening. Spend the next day talking about the story and... Continue reading

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  • Enjoy the natural glow

    by JRaymond, over 2 years ago

    Whenever possible I like to reduce the amount of artificial light I use while working. When in an office with great natural light, I opt to turn off the overhead lights and enjoy working in nature's glow. If that's not quite enough, I've added a small LED light to add that extra bit of brightness.

    If you're in a windowless office, try opting for a lower energy desk light that provides you with the illumination needed to work, but not much extra. It will help increase your focus, calm the senses and reduce energy consumption.

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  • Turn off computer monitors at night

    by Newman, over 2 years ago

    I truly don't know how much energy it saves, but computer monitors are warm to the touch when they are left on and it seems wasteful to see screen savers flickering in empty offices during the day or especially all night long, after everyone has gone home. Because turning off our computer monitors is so quick and easy (and almost every office and home has at least one), I think this would be a quick and effective way to save on energy and money.

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  • Always try to use all the windows blankets

    by danxu, over 2 years ago

    During the winter and summer time, there is always a delta T between indoor and outdoor enrolment. Keeping the window blankets cover thewindows will block the thermo radiation and provide additional R-value to the buildingenvelope. By this way we can reduce the heat loss during the winter time andreduce the heat gain in the summer time.

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  • Caulk window frames

    by PaulQ, over 2 years ago

    Windows, even new ones, can lose a lot of heat around the sides of the window through gaps in the trim,. You can fix that easily and cheaply with a tube of paintable silicone caulking. Simply seal all the gaps in the window trim around the windows of your house (ie; between the trim and the wall, the trim and the window) to dramatically improve the air tightness of any home. The cost of the caulk will easily be recovered in a winter month with lower heating costs.

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  • Crock pot favorites

    by Shelley77, over 2 years ago

    During the week I use my crock pot for our supper meal. In the morning put your meat in crockpot on low heat for the day, put in some vegetables in soon as you get home turn crock pot to high for this after half hour dinner is ready. Using crockpot all day is less hydro then using your oven at 400 for an hour.

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  • Drafty front door

    by JeffW, almost 3 years ago

    My front door lets in a cold draft that a sealant or door sweep won't take care of. No doubt it's affecting my heating bill.

    Simple solution:

    Until the door gets replaced, I place a towel along the base of the door at night, to reduce the cold air coming in.

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  • Furnace Distillate

    by dan, almost 3 years ago

    Collected in a bucket that sits on washing machine, clear tubing from furnace pump as no floor drain. Overflows to top loader with small drilled holes near top rim of bucket. Distillate used to flush toilets by dumping water into toilet bowl. Lots of water in natural gas and some from humidifier overflow of honeycomb filter. (Water is not suitable for plants.)

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