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Cochrane reduces power consumption by 6.5%

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Cochrane reduced its power consumption by 6.5 per cent during the Mar. 23 Earth Hour event, placing it ninth out of 42 communities tracked by FortisAlberta.
Kate Bowering, Fortis communications advisory, explained this enough of energy to power 1,634 average houses in Cochrane for a one hour time period.  For Cochrane, it’s an improvement from last year’s 4.4 per cent reduction.
Fortis has been tracking the impact of the event on the communities they serve for the last three years.
Earth Hour event itself continues to grow in magnitude. Organized by World Wide Fund for Nature, the event was originally held in Sydney Australia in 200. A reported 2.2 million residents participated by turning off all non-essential lights. The idea caught on and became an international event in its second year. Currently over 500 countries participate, including 7,000 major cities.
Here in Cochrane the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee did a social media blitz to promote the annual event and welcomed people to come to Mitford Park to do some star gazing during the hour.
Fortis said there are other ways people can reduce their energy use daily and offer these tips.
• Wash clothes in cold or warm water, never hot.
• Avoid using heat-dry, rinse-hold and pre-rinse functions on your dishwasher
• Keep your freezer full.
• Don’t keep your old, inefficient refrigerator running in your basement, you only use it for the occasional beverage anyway.
• Use a microwave or a toaster oven to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll save up to 30 per cent energy required for a conventional oven.
• Use a cooling fan instead of air conditioning and make sure it blows downward.
• To save on heating, break out the caulking. Air leakage represents 24 to 40 per cent of heat loss. Weather stripping and sealants till stop drafts and save money.
• Use a power bar for your electronics and turn it off when you’re not using the TV, stereo, computer or gaming system. One switch controls them all.
• For more energy efficiency tips, please visit www.fortisalberta.com. 
Ctimes.editor@sunmedia.ca

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