October is PowerSmart Month and I have partnered with BC Hydro over the next few weeks to bring you contests, rebate offers from local retailers, energy-saving tips, event info, as well as one giant grand prize that I’ll announce in a day or so.
To kick things off, the PowerSmart Cubes were revealed today at Georgia and Granville. These two living spaces are housing two actors for the next four days. One will do their best to save energy while the other will be a power hog. Through simple everyday actions you’ll be able to see their power usage meters rise as they use appliances and electronics in the cubes.
Stop by the cubes between 6:00am and 10:00pm daily to see how energy is being used. While you’re there, Tweet a PowerSmart tip you see in action using the tag #psCube on Twitter and you’ll be entered to win a daily prize. The cubes will be on the corner until Friday, October 8th. Follow @PowerSmartBC on Twitter for daily contest updates.
PowerSmart Deal of the Week
Save on an Energy Star Panasonic 32″ LCD TV at London Drugs.
PowerSmart Tip of the Week
With the chilly Fall air moving in this month you’ll want to draft-proof your home instead of cranking up the heat. Seal up cracks along windows and doors with caulking and weather-stripping or one of those cute stuffed weiner dog Draft Dodgers to reduce heat loss. As you can see in the Cube photo above, wearing a Snuggie or an extra layer is a good alternative to turning up the heat in your home.
Contest of the Week
October 21st is the Candlelight Conservation Dinner that will see dozens of restaurants around town doing their dinner service with the lights out.
I have two $100 gift cards for Chambar (a Candlelight Conservation Dinner participating restaurant) that I will give away to two readers. Leave a comment with a PowerSmart tip below to enter to win. This could be unplugging your cell phone charger when it’s not in use or taking shorter showers.
I will draw two winners (who will each get one $100 gift card) on Monday October 11th at 11:00am. Winners will then be able to make reservations for the Candlelight Dinner October 21st.
Update The winners are Virginia and Maria — have a great dinner at Chambar!