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, and event info. This week’s theme is electronics.
PowerSmart Deal of the Week
From October 8th until the 14th, save 15% off all ENERGY STAR major appliances from Bosch, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool at Future Shop.
PowerSmart Tip of the Week
Since 2007, the Government of BC has banned certain electronic equipment from being included in trash collection. Reuse and recycle old electronic equipment (computers, printers, fax machines, telephones etc.) at local Return-It centres or independent centres like Free Geek. Some manufacturers like Samsung also have their own programs for recycling their devices.
When it comes to replacing old electronics, you can also be Power Smart. You may not always remember to turn off the light or unplug your charger but having electronics that are already certified as being energy-efficient is a bit of a no-brainer. This all starts with looking for the ENERGY STAR logo on things like refrigerators, radios, DVD/Blu-Ray players, and televisions. You can research the power usage of Plasma versus LCD versus LED technology or even look at the packaging that contains your product.
You can view some really great tips for being power smart around your home submitted by readers in my Week 1 PowerSmart Month post.
PowerSmart Events this Week
Team PowerSmart will be at Langara College’s 40th anniversary tomorrow and on the SFU and BCIT campuses on Thursday. The Coquitlam Express will host BCHL PowerSmart night at their game on Friday, October 15th.
Contest of the Week
I have two $100 gift cards for Best Buy available. To enter to win, please leave a comment about your latest electronics purchase (or your next) and if you took things like ENERGY STAR (or similar ratings), consumer reviews about their energy-efficiency, or packaging into consideration when making your purchase.
I will draw two winners, who will each get a $100 gift card for Best Buy, on Monday October 18th at 12:00pm. Follow @PowerSmartBC on Twitter for more tips and contests happening throughout the month.
Update The gift card winners are Connie and Chris. Stay tuned for this week’s contest and PowerSmart Month information.