City of Toronto emerges as Eco-City Community Challenge top dog
November 18, 2013 - The results are in from the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (CEEA) Eco-City Community Challenge, and the top dog is the City of Toronto, Ont., earning energy savings of 3.4-million kWh/year, with projected cost-savings of over $400,000 for participating consumers.
By Anthony Capkun
Montreal, Que., placed second, with energy savings of 1.4-million kWh/year and $125,900 in cost-savings, and Ottawa came in third with 1.3-million kWh/year and over $118,000 in savings. Quebec was the top province, earning energy savings of 18.6-million kWh/year and cost savings of over $2.2 million.
“Canadians need to be educated about energy efficiency and motivated to make energy saving changes. Saving money is the key incentive—the bonus is that it helps the environment,” said Elizabeth McDonald, president and CEO of CEEA. “Our motto is: ‘The most affordable energy is the energy not used’. Congratulations to all 1324 participating cities for embracing this energy efficiency mindset.”
The Eco-City Community Challenge is CEEA’s national energy efficiency program designed to educate Canadians on the benefits of energy conservation to both our economy and environment. Over 1300 Canadian cities and 41,000 Canadians participated, registering a total energy savings of 47-million kWh/year.
“We are impressed with the overwhelming number of Canadians dedicated to saving energy in their homes,” said Kaz Flinn, VP corporate social responsibility, Scotiabank. “Canadians want to save energy and money, and the Scotiabank EcoLiving program helps them achieve both. Our partnership with CEEA on the Eco-City Community Challenge has brought that energy-saving information and great incentives to Canadians from coast to coast.”
Individual participants in the Eco-City Challenge were entered to win a grand prize package of five energy-efficient Whirlpool appliances with a retail value of more than $8000. CEEA congratulates grand prize winner Nikki Brew of London, Ont.