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Fredericton YMCA plans LED retrofit with Beat the Peak prize

March 12, 2015 – The Fredericton YMCA says it will install energy-efficient LED lighting in its gymnasium with the $10,000 it received following NB Power’s Beat the Peak community challenge.


March 12, 2015
By Renée Francoeur


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Residents of Fredericton and New Maryland beat Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe during the three-week challenge, which encouraged New Brunswickers to save energy and money by changing their energy habits at home between Jan. 19 and Feb. 6.

“We are so thankful to the residents of Fredericton and New Maryland for pulling together during this challenge to help us win this incredible prize,” said Barb Ramsay, CEO of the Fredericton YMCA. “By making this switch to LEDs, we hope to be able to use the money we save on our energy bills toward improved programs and services for our community.”

The contest spoke to the fact that on cold winter mornings there is an increased demand on the power grid because between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., New Brunswickers turn up their electric heaters, use hot water, electric devices and gadgets, said NB Power. Meeting this increased demand can cost millions of dollars each year, it added.

NB Power also awarded 60 prizes that included prepaid gift cards and programmable thermostat packages during the challenge to customers across the province. Click here for a list of all the winners.

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