City of Pitt Meadows Participates in BC Hydro's Turn if Off Challenge

July 25, 2007 - August 31, 2007

City of Pitt Meadows

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

pr 2007-08 July 6, 2007

For further information, call

Laurie Darcus, Director of Legislative Services

604-465-2433

Pitt Meadows Encourages Staff to Turn it Off

Pitt Meadows, BC- The City of Pitt Meadows is encouraging all municipal staff and everyone else within the community to turn it off. “All the experts are telling us that BC's electricity demand is estimated to grow between 25 and 45 percent over the next 20 years and to help curb this demand we need to conserve more, and use our energy resources wisely. We recognize that our employees can play a key role in reducing energy consumption. By adopting a few simple changes we can make a significant contribution to overall energy efficiency,” said Director of Legislative Services, Laurie Darcus.

Staff at the City of Pitt Meadows will be among 65 municipalities in the province vying to become the community that can demonstrate increased energy efficiency throughout the summer. If the municipality can reduce energy use at the City Hall, the Works Yard and the Fire Hall the City could be eligible to win a Power Smart retrofit for one of the municipal buildings. Project Coordinator, Patti Morris is passionate about conserving energy and added that the project just makes sense and really is quite easy. “We already are doing a lot but can always do more. In the past year we have moved towards a corporate wide recycling program and are always looking at ways to conserve or reuse energy.” An energy awareness campaign not only educates staff about their use at work but the same concepts can help them save money and energy at home. “I don't think staff really realized some of the concerns, for example, who knew that a computer running 24 hours a day uses more electricity than a full-size fridge and that monitors we leave on use 75% of total computer electrical use. We can all learn a new “turn-off” tip and hopefully, those tips will become part of our new daily routines ” added Morris.

The BC Hydro's Turn it Off Challenge runs from June 1 – August 31. More tips for energy conservation will appear on the City's website at 30 Tips from BC Hydro Powersmart [PDF,26 kb]or www.bchydro.com.