April 9, 2012 - For a fourth year, SaskPower is once again offering customers discounts on energy-efficient lighting – but only for a limited time.
By Alyssa Dalton
“Offering these energy efficiency programs to our customers is an environmentally sound and cost-effective way to meet our province’s growing electricity needs. The more we cut consumption, the more we can actually reduce the number of power stations and power lines we need to build,” said Rob Norris, minister responsible for SaskPower.
Over the next eight weeks, five retailers will be offering discounts at all their Saskatchewan stores on energy efficient lighting, fixtures and products:
• April 1-30, 2012 – Costco, Lowe’s, Peavey Mart, Home Depot
• May 4-31, 2012 – Canadian Tire
“About 21% of the electricity used in a typical Saskatchewan home goes to lighting. Switching to compact fluorescents or LED lighting – which use 75% less power and last up to 25 times longer – is an easy thing to do, and can help customers save money and protect the environment,” said Robert Watson, president and CEO, SaskPower.
Depending on customer response, this limited-time lighting discount program could reduce Saskatchewan’s electricity demand by over 1 million kilowatts (kWh), which is the amount needed to power about 126 homes, said SaskPower.
SaskPower’s longterm goal is to reduce customer demand for electricity by 100 megawatts by 2017. Its energy efficiency and conservation initiatives include programs for resident, commercial and industrial customers. One of the more popular recent programs saw 55,000 automobile block heater timers distributed to customers across Saskatchewan in the fall of 2011. In addition, the SaskPower Refrigerator Recycling program, which is now being offered for a third year, offers customers the opportunity to save $100 a year on their power bills by recycling their old, inefficient fridges and freezers.
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