Canadians Challenged to Save Energy

Developed, rich countries are quite efficient, in most economic activities, but one field where they fall short is energy. According to WWF, cheap and abundant fossil fuels have spawned bad habits that generate a great deal of waste. Besides, methods of producing, distributing and using energy are very inefficient.

Canada is one of the most wasteful countries in the world when it comes to energy, behind the U.S. who started to lead the ranking in 2013. In order to tackle the problem, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance has launched the Eco-City Community Challenge, whose aim is to capture and reward the energy savings deeds that Canadian do in their homes, and encourage them to achieve more.

“We are excited about launching the Eco-City Community Challenge, and thrilled that Scotiabank EcoLiving has partnered with us to bring this initiative to Canadians,” said Elizabeth McDonald, President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. “Our recent survey of Canadians conducted by The Gandalf Group indicated that over 60% of Canadians want to do more in terms of energy efficiency.”

To enter the contest, eligible participants have to fill out a form that can be found here. One grand-prize winner will take home a package of five energy-efficient Whirlpool appliances from The Home Depot Canada. In total their retail value adds up to more $8,000. They include the Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washer, Whirlpool Duet Dryer, Whirlpool 36-inch French Door Bottom Mount Refrigerator, Whirlpool Dishwasher with Stainless Steel Interior and PowerScourTM Option, and a Whirlpool Electric Range. The winner will be selected in a draw conducted from all eligible electronic entries received during the contest period (already open) and will be chosen at random by the program manager, Green Living Enterprises, no later than December 1, 2013.

Not only individuals will have their energy-saving efforts recognized. The Pembina Institute will use data generated from the Eco-City Community Challenge website to make calculations to find the biggest energy saver in one city or town per province or territory.

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