FortisBC and the PNE 2011

Comments 231 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The FortisBC street team will be on location at this year’s Pacific National Exhibition (the PNE) from August 20 to September 5. Set up directly across from the prize home, which is always a main attraction, the FortisBC team will be giving away prizes to those who stop by and check in on Foursquare, Facebook, or post an update on Twitter (@FortisBC).

With a focus on energy savings, the FortisBC team will be promoting ways that you can cut costs and save energy throughout the year. They’ve also partnered with BC Hydro (and the Power Smart initiative) to provide Energy Saving Kits for households across the province.

To promote this every-day energy saving campaign, FortisBC would like to send my readers to the PNE this year to enjoy the fair. I have two family prize packs to giveaway that each include 4 admission tickets to the PNE, 4 all-day ride passes for Playland, and 1 parking pass. Here’s how you can enter to win one of these family prize packs, valued at $200 each.

  • Leave a comment here with your best energy-saving tip for summertime (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win 1 of 2 $200 @PNE_Playland family prizes (admission & rides) from @FortisBC & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/64E2h

    Have some mini-donuts, ride the wooden coaster, visit the pig races and 4H animals, and get that Slapshop you’ve always wanted from the marketplace pavilion. Don’t forget to check out one of the free concerts at the PNE this year that are included with admission.

    Follow FortisBC on Twitter for news, events, rebate offer, Energy Saving Kit information, job opportunities, and practical tips weekly on #WasteNotWednesdays. I will draw two contest winners at random from all entries on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10:00am.

    The video above was produced by our friend John Biehler that will quite possibly get you pumped up for Playland (and their new Atmosfear ride) this year.

    Update The winners are @julia_cross & Steve!

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    231 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. AlexTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:33am PDT

      Keep the TV off and dry some clothes outside! I’d love to win this PNE pack and take my 2 boys

    2. Ronald DesJardinsTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:34am PDT

      This is awesome!

    3. SharonTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:36am PDT

      I’ve been drying clothes outside on a portable rack this summer. They really do smell great! Best of all the house doesn’t get too hot so you don’t have to turn on fans.

    4. Sunshine GTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:37am PDT

      Use the fan and the windows rather than a/c. Love the PNE!

    5. RoseTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:45am PDT

      open the curtains and turn off the lights

    6. spTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:46am PDT

      Use the sun’s energy to dry your clothes – hang them out to dry & don’t use the tumble drier.

    7. belindaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:52am PDT

      Try not to use electricity where there is light outside and use natural lighting for reading and performing other chores. Install solar panels.

    8. Ryan ExleyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:54am PDT

      Unplug all the TV’s and computers and get outside.

    9. Rachelle JonesTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:54am PDT

      turn off the heat!

    10. Leslie LTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:57am PDT

      don’t have the sprinklers running all day. Instead, have them on for a couple minutes at certain times during the day!

    11. jeanTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:04am PDT

      keep the lights off!

    12. DanaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:20am PDT

      Hang your clothes ouside to dry instead of using the dryer!

    13. ColleenTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:22am PDT

      Leave the windows open for breeze rather than using portable a/c or fans, leave the lights off during the day, and let natural light in

    14. KevinTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:36am PDT

      Dry your clothes outside. Or even inside if we don’t have enough sun.

    15. IvyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:37am PDT

      Wash your clothes with cold water and wrap your pipes! This is so awesome! πŸ™‚

    16. Lelainia N. LloydTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:43am PDT

      Cook outside on the BBQ to avoid heating the house and open windows when you are home to create a cross breeze and reduce (or eliminate) the need to run fans.

    17. KathrynTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:44am PDT

      Turn off the heat, the lights and dry your clothes on a rack or a line. Put a jug or 2 of water in the fridge instead of running the tap to get the water cold.

    18. CaitlinTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 11:54am PDT

      Dry your clothes on a drying rack–not only in the summer but all year long. Also, the last couple times I have been at the mall I have seen several people buying air conditioners.. open your windows and doors to cool down instead!

    19. ryanTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 12:07pm PDT

      Use as much natural lighting as possible during the day πŸ™‚

    20. TomarraTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 12:08pm PDT

      Doors and windows are all open to produce a cross-breeze… no need for fans!

    21. AnneTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 12:09pm PDT

      Turn off your computer, laptop, monitor, printer, when not in use. Also if you can, unplug them.

    22. Ben GordonTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 12:14pm PDT

      Don’t be a slug – unplug! Your computer & printer want to rest, so they can be at their very best. It’s not good to overwork your stuff – you’ll save money and have more Duff.

    23. LisaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 12:21pm PDT

      Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth.

    24. GlenTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 12:36pm PDT

      On hot days open door to basement to let cooler basement air into the rest of the house. Also, open windows early to let cool morning air in, then shut them to keep heat out during hottest parts of the day.

    25. CelinaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 12:57pm PDT

      Turn off your pilot light to the fire place.

    26. Michael KwanTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:03pm PDT

      When driving in slower city traffic, lower your car windows to keep cool. When driving on the highway at faster speeds, use A/C. This optimizes your fuel efficiency.

    27. David D.Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:09pm PDT

      Turn off the TV and video game consoles, get those kids outside on their bikes!

    28. MaryAnneTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:20pm PDT

      Have cooler water showers, instead of hot. Spend more family time outdoors instead of in front of the TV. No lights on before 9:30 – 10pm. Use the BBQ not the stove or oven. Wash dishes by hand instead of dishwasher. Keep your curtains closed (keeping the sun out) the house will stay cooler. My family does all of the above including putting laundry on the line.

      Have a wonderful day
      Spend more time outside we live in the best province with the best scenery take advantage of it. Rain or Shine

    29. DeidreTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:23pm PDT

      Dry clothes on the line and unplug those chargers!

    30. K.SmithTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:30pm PDT

      Stay outside until it gets dark – play outside, eat dinner outdoors, etc. That will save on having lights, fans, ACs on for a few hours, not to mention having the TV and computers off as well! Thanks for the chance to win.

    31. JeffTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 1:47pm PDT

      Unplug all rarely used electrical objects when not in use.

    32. Jenn KTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:05pm PDT

      Hang clothes up to dry outside! Use natural light instead of electricity!

    33. jTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:11pm PDT

      Keep your blinds open and your lights off! Hang dry your clothes outside. And enjoy the great outdoors – turn off your tv and computer!

    34. DavidTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:16pm PDT

      Close the blinds that face the sun leaving the non-sunny window blinds open. Then as the sun travels during the day open the closed blinds and close the open blinds. The house stays much much cooler so no need for the air conditioning. Also take a cool refreshing shower rather than a hot shower.

    35. Serena DeboltTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:19pm PDT

      We never use the dryer in the summer – the hot summer winds save energy!

    36. marisaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:34pm PDT

      No lights switches allowed on until sunset at our house, and drying clothes outside!
      Yay PNE!

    37. Natalie WTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:35pm PDT

      Every summer we turn the heat off completely. Down to zero the dial goes. If we get cold at night, we just put a sweater on or snuggle up with a blanket! Instead of having a fan on to cool our top floor apartment after work, we open the windows and our balcony door (curtains closed) while we’re at work to let air circulate on it’s own to cool down inside. And of course when we go out of town, even for the night, I unplug the power bar for all our computer plugs, the tvs, everything so they aren’t sucking power while we’re not around anyways.

      I have NEVER been to the PNE. I’m almost 24years old, I was born in Vancouver and I haven’t even had the chance to step into Playland. My boyfriend wants to take me this year since I never have, but we’re not sure we could afford it =( Would LOVE to win this so we could go and take his younger sister and his niece, who don’t think have ever been either!

    38. tracyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 2:43pm PDT

      sleeping in the basement to stay cool

    39. AndrewTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:07pm PDT

      It’s summertime! That means solar energy. Install a solar panel at the cabin to heat the hot water tank.

    40. DarcyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:14pm PDT

      Close your blinds to keep the sun’s heat out so you don’t have to use your a/c or fans as much.

    41. EmmaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:23pm PDT

      Hang things to dry in the summer sun instead of using the dryer!

    42. Jenny L.Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:28pm PDT

      Turn off the heat, water your garden only in the evening, use a fan instead of AC or escape into your basement if you have one!

    43. KirbyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:45pm PDT

      Keep the lights off as much as possible!

    44. LauraTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:51pm PDT

      Open the windows & keep blinds shut to keep the house cool. And no dryer!

    45. janice montroyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 3:57pm PDT

      turn of power bars when going to bed

    46. KatieTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 5:19pm PDT

      Hang clothes to dry

    47. JenniferTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 6:00pm PDT

      If you use a gas fireplace, turn off the pilot light in the summer.

    48. TiffanyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 6:44pm PDT

      Natural air conditioning: open a window

    49. lizTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 6:54pm PDT

      Hang your clothes to dry in the sun.Porch lights off in the summer.Get outside and enjoy life unplug the tv for the week.

    50. VincentTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 6:59pm PDT

      Open windows instead of AC or using fans. Biking instead of driving because it beautiful weather out there! Lights off for most of the day.

    51. AmyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 7:05pm PDT

      Turn off your computer and get outside. Computers can generate tons of heat. Roller coaster!! Wheeeee!!!

    52. LucieTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 7:20pm PDT

      In summer to get to use my line to dry my clothes. Also, I bike to work, and almost everywhere I go.

    53. IainTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 7:57pm PDT

      Buy some enviro-friendly soap and shampoo for camping. Instead of hitting the warm showers, soap up and jump in the lake or river!

    54. TracyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:21pm PDT

      Open the windows and dry clothing outdoors in the sun!

    55. JoeyTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:33pm PDT

      Cold showers on hot summer days (granted we haven’t had many this year…)

    56. Timmy WongTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 9:46pm PDT

      Air-dry clothes instead of using the dryer.

    57. chistaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:09pm PDT

      dry clothes on a clothes rack instead of putting it in the dryer. leave the curtains/blinds open for natural light instead of turning on lamps.

    58. lindaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:21pm PDT

      1. On bright sunny days keep your home cool by shutting the blinds and opening windows for a cross breeze.
      2. Eat more uncooked vegetables and fruits for meals that require none or less cooking.
      3. Use the BBQ instead of the stove.
      4. Cool off with a cool drink or Popsicle.
      5. If you must – use a fan only in spaces you use at a given time.

    59. MariaTuesday, August 16th, 2011 — 10:29pm PDT

      Use the window blinds to keep the hot sun out.

    60. HayleyWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 6:04am PDT

      On sunny days let the sky do the work and leave lights off in the house until after the sun goes down.

    61. ChristineWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 6:35am PDT

      Turn off lights when you leave a room and unplug any unused electronics

    62. MarkWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 8:18am PDT

      I shower using cool water, feels great on a hot day!

    63. TYWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 8:42am PDT

      have the family eat in the backyard instead of our kitchen.

    64. loriWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 8:46am PDT

      Keep the heat out of the house, as that’s much more efficient than trying to cool the house. Exterior blinds, interior curtains – it’s a juggling act of opening & closing but it’s worth it.

    65. jaynieWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 9:02am PDT

      4 minute showers for this house……turn the tap off while brushing your teeth and flush when necessary

    66. BarbWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 9:20am PDT

      Longer days means more natural light so less need for electric lighting. I always close the drapes on hot days so the room stays cool and I don’t need to use the fans. PNE yay!

    67. KatWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:06am PDT

      I hang all my clothes to dry on the line, close the blinds to make the room cooler and open the windows for light!

    68. SamanthaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:09am PDT

      Bathe in a lake!

    69. gail whitworthWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:09am PDT

      We put a waterfilled milkjug in the toilet tank-really saves water. The single greatest use of water in a house is the toilet.

    70. Sarah BermelWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:18am PDT

      using the BBQ instead of the oven…we do BBQ all yr but in the summer the house stays cooler too!!!

    71. LauraWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

      cool cool showers!

    72. AllyWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:01am PDT

      Open doors and blinds, use the sunlight and turn off all lights inside the house.

    73. Dennis SatoWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:02am PDT

      My wife never misses the Fair!

    74. SamanthaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:03am PDT

      Open the windows of your car instead of cranking up the AC!

    75. AnaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:03am PDT

      Unplug the treadmill or stationary bike and workout outdoors!

    76. jennWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:05am PDT

      Keep those windows open and let the natural breeze flow through!

    77. JuliaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:08am PDT

      Saving energy in the summer time? Have short showers! A power smart shower is only 4 minutes and BC Hydro gave out shower timers last summer. Another tip is to wash your clothes in cold water; if you wash your clothes in hot water, a whopping 90% of the energy used goes toward heating the water. Use cold water and you save 90% of your energy. An obvious one is to hang your clothes to dry because the drier uses the most energy out of any appliance in your home when it is in use. However, if you MUST use the drier, throw in a clean dry towel with your wet laundry, it will cut your drying time in half. And as always: turn off your lights and appliances when they are not in use!

    78. RachelWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:08am PDT

      On nice days, I like to get outside with my dog, bring my work or a book to a park and turn off all power for a few hours, including computer! If its a work day, I will bring my computer and run off battery power for awhile.

    79. TaraWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:12am PDT

      Create a cross-breeze in your home, hang dry your clothes, use a propane bbq instead of the oven… and shower with a friend!! πŸ™‚

    80. sherWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:12am PDT

      Before leaving the house, I make sure all the lights are off, unplug any unused electronics/appliances and turn off the fans.When I’m home I use 1 light and unplug things as I use them.

    81. johnWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:15am PDT

      turn off the lights and computer when not being used

    82. Jason SchmidtWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:15am PDT

      Turn OFF the water when you are brushing your teeth.

    83. HeidiWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:21am PDT

      I unplug the extra freezer in the garage and only buy enough to fit in the fridge/freezer in the kitchen.

    84. D CedricWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:22am PDT

      Turn off your PVR- it is a huge power waster and emits a lot of heat!

    85. CharlesWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:23am PDT

      Stay outside unplug all your electronics and enjoy the sun!!!

    86. Noella KingWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:30am PDT

      Turn off all the lights and run the disghwasher at night.

    87. kelsWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:33am PDT

      unplug your phone charger from the wall to save electricity

    88. AlexWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:35am PDT

      Configure your computer to shut down automatically at the end of the day… then you never have to worry about forgetting to turn it off.

    89. PriscillaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:37am PDT

      Put a bowl of ice in front of a fan – instant AC!

    90. MelanieWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:38am PDT

      Turn off the furnace !!!

    91. carlyWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:38am PDT

      only turn on lights in rooms you’re in & don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth.

    92. VinceWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:55am PDT

      wash your clothes in cold water – intall water savers in the showers and use energy efficent light bulbs!

    93. YvonneWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:57am PDT

      heat off!! and i have my curtains/blinds pulled up so natural light can get in, aka lights off

    94. JavierWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:04pm PDT

      Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Can’t beat a nutritious salad in the summer and keeps the stove off!

    95. AaronWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:06pm PDT

      turn off the pilot light in the furnace, your not using the heat anyway, why burn the gas at all?

      turn down the heat on your water tank when you go on vacation, most hot water tanks have a “vacation” setting.

      get outside, enjoy what little summer we get here!

    96. AndreaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:06pm PDT

      Keep the blinds and curtains closed, to keep the heat out and use the BBQ for cooking!

    97. Dan OlsonWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:22pm PDT

      shower/bath by window light (if you have a window in your bathroom!) and rest your handheld devices while you sun outside/take a walk — you won’t have to recharge as often!

    98. DarylWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:38pm PDT

      Hang clothes to dry outside and only run the washer with a full load and in cold water.

    99. LauraWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:48pm PDT

      Keep the lights off! It’s bright outside and stays light longer. It also feels cooler indoors with the lights off.

    100. Stella PetersonWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:49pm PDT

      Use the toaster oven rather than the oven, and unplug it when you’re done!

    101. NoelleWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:52pm PDT

      We keep the house cool by closing windows and blinds during the day and opening windows/turning on fans in the evening.

    102. LloydWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 12:57pm PDT

      Get in the habit of turning off lights when you leave a room.

    103. ShannonWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:08pm PDT

      Hang the laundry out to dry!

    104. JanelleWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:12pm PDT

      Hang your clothes to dry outside

    105. Jan KarlsbjergWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:29pm PDT

      If (like us) you have uneven cooling from open windows & doors in the apartment, use a fan to distribute the cool air to the hot rooms rather than crank the AC to cool the hot room.

    106. MisskherWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:38pm PDT

      Turn out the lights, turn down the AC, and head outdoors!

    107. BlakeWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:40pm PDT

      Think before you buy. I don’t know what there is to elaborate on that, just always think, whether it is a showerhead, light fixture, window, fireplace or house, think about the different options that would use less energy, and if applicable, look for the golden star… err… blue star (energy star).

    108. HannahWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:43pm PDT

      I love the PNE! And I love to take 2 minute cold showers during summer!

    109. GladysWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:48pm PDT

      Take advantage of the good weather and hang washed clothes outside to dry!

    110. gary porterWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 1:49pm PDT

      Never use an appliance for something you can do manually-save energy and get exercise.

    111. MariaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 2:26pm PDT

      Save energy by doing less cooking (picnics at the beach), spend time outdoors and come in the evening – no air conditioning required!

    112. TJWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 3:20pm PDT

      PNE is always a good time

    113. AimeeWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 3:59pm PDT

      Unplug your coffee machine and go to Starbucks

    114. TeresaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:02pm PDT

      Don’t shower. Swim in a lake!

    115. mariaWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:22pm PDT

      Ensure all the heaters are completely turned off

    116. ShantelWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:26pm PDT

      Would love to come!

    117. janetWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:42pm PDT

      do not use the stove.. make nice cool meals such as salads and sandwiches, ride your bike to the store instead of the car, turn you heat off completley, keep your drapes drawn during the day so your rooms stay cooler in the evening, dry your laundry outside rather than turn on the dryer .

    118. DarcyWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:49pm PDT

      Go camping in a tent for a few weeks!

    119. ihathWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 4:58pm PDT

      I use a beautiful hand fan too cool myself in the hot weather. Not only does it save energy, it look so darn fashionable …. if you use the righ hand technique to fan yourself.

    120. TonyWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 5:13pm PDT

      No new suggestions for summer energy savings – avoid pumping the A/C, spend time outside in the shade (like a nice shady backyard) and disconnect the electronics.

    121. Jessica TWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 5:49pm PDT

      No TV!

    122. Shannon MacWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 7:35pm PDT

      Unplug electronics and appliances that sit idle. Toaster, Coffee maker, cellphone charger, stereo. Use candles at night instead of lights, creates a great mood πŸ™‚

    123. JackWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 8:01pm PDT

      Turn down the heat and put on a sweater, turn the heat off in the summer, don’t run the water while you brush your teeth, hang clothes on the line to dry, cut your show time down, don’t leave cell charges and things not being used plugged in (they still draw energy even if not in use), leave your blinds open for natural light, don’t stand infront of the fridge with the door open to decide what you want to eat, cook on your BBQ more often, make sure your home is well insulated, purchase energy efficient appliances and use low flow toilets, use solar power! Phew .. I think that’s it … for now … ;o)

    124. DeborahWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:01pm PDT

      Leave the windows open instead of using the fan

    125. LeanneWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 10:33pm PDT

      Don’t use the heat settings on your dryer and dishwasher – let your clothes and dishes air dry.

    126. ColleenWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:26pm PDT

      Only run dishwasher when it’s full and only use the air dry function.

    127. NicoleWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:35pm PDT

      On nice summer days we close the blinds while we are away during the day to help keep the house cool and when we get home we open all blinds to let the sunlight in so we don’t have to turn the lights on in the house until after the sun goes down.

    128. JustineWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:36pm PDT

      Open windows in the cooler hours of the day, close them and use the blinds during the hottest hours to keep out the heat.

    129. CarlyWednesday, August 17th, 2011 — 11:43pm PDT

      Drying my clothes in the sun instead of the dryer!

    130. Dennis L.Thursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:35am PDT

      Candlelight dinners! They can happen outside of Earth Hour!

    131. RichardThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 2:47am PDT

      Open your windows at night and close them during the day to keep the hotter outside air from coming in.

    132. Mark SThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 8:25am PDT

      Cool showers, dinners on the Q, all lights off when you leave the room, and support solar power. It powers our cabin !!

    133. KristaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 8:42am PDT

      Dont blow dry your hair, let it air dry! Unplug appliances when they aren’t in use!

    134. LilyThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:23am PDT

      Open windows at night instead of using a fan to cool off

    135. MikeThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:28am PDT

      Get outside! Stay outside, run to the breaker and shut the power in your house right down so nothing is used!

      For real. I want a PNE pack.

    136. KarenThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:51am PDT

      Open the windows instead of using fans!

    137. KristinaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:53am PDT

      Unplug all my appliances after I use them (toaster, hair dryer, cell phone charger, etc.)

    138. JeannineThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:53am PDT

      Ride your bike in this beautiful weather!

    139. steveThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:54am PDT

      Wash your cloths in cold water!!

    140. Stephanie GThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

      Turn off all appliances when not needed or when you leave the house, such as turning off lights!

    141. MichelleThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

      Dry clothes outside in the warm summer sun instead of using my dryer!!

    142. A.J.Thursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

      Spend time in a cooler spot instead of cranking the A/C to the max all summer long!

    143. Christopher CoThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

      Biking to the PNE instead of driving there!

    144. YvonneThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:57am PDT

      Always hang my laundry outside. It’s cheap, safer, helps with wrinkling and you don’t have to worry about cloth shrinkage.

    145. KristineThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:58am PDT

      turn all the lights off and use the sunlight. Also, turn off an unplug the TV and get outside.

    146. KristineThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:59am PDT

      no need to use lights in the summer, just let the sunshine in. And turn off and unplug the TV – get outside and enjoy the nice weather

    147. Alan CThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:03am PDT

      Make love out of nothing at all!

    148. Chantelle BowlesThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:04am PDT

      In the summer I jump in the pool or sit in the shade versus using a fan or air conditioning.

    149. VeronicaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:06am PDT

      Drying your clothes outside, turn the tv off and enjoy the nice weather, never drying my hair!!

    150. NicholasPrThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:12am PDT

      Turn off lights and use the beautiful sunshine to light up house. If the house is too warm, go outside and sit under shady tree, if possible, its usually more cool outside anyways. Forget the AC and use a small fan. While summer in Vancouver is only a few months long each year, hopefully planet earth is forever.

    151. AmandaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:13am PDT

      Turn the pilot light off on your furnace and gas fireplaces. Open all your windows and doors to get a nice cross breeze instead of using AC or fans.

    152. ManpreetThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:19am PDT

      Things I have done this summer are:
      -washing my vehicles on the grass so that I not only washed my vehicles but watered the grass at the same time
      -using energy effiencient light bulbs (all year round)
      -leaving clothes out to dry
      -taking out plugs from the sockets for appliances not being used ie: toaster, phone charger, radio

    153. RobertThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:20am PDT

      turn off those lights and open the blinds!

    154. PeterThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:21am PDT

      Hang your clothes outside to dry!

    155. shellyThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:22am PDT

      eat lots and lots of watermelon!

    156. ChristineThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:24am PDT

      Unplug electronics when finished using them! Sit outside and read instead of inside with lights on. BBQ instead of using the oven.

    157. JenniferThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:38am PDT

      I live in the Okanagan where the heat builds throughout the day, so we have a specific routine to help keep our house cool 24 hrs a day (without airconditioning).
      At night, when the evening breeze picks up, we open all our windows to bring in the cool air. In the morning, we shut all these windows and draw the drapes and blinds down tight to block out the sun while we’re at work. It makes a huge difference, for very little effort.

      Also, we cook outside with the BBQ rather than the stove and oven so the house doesn’t heat up with the ambient cooking heat!

    158. KateThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:39am PDT

      Turn off the AC, and open the windows.

    159. OctavioThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:42am PDT

      Installing dimmer switches and motion sensors, upgrading to energy efficient lights and appliances.

    160. KarolineThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:43am PDT

      Doing the laundry with cold water.

    161. jacklynn ReevesThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:44am PDT

      Keep the lights off and open the curtains! Try and do out door activies and makes sure you leave the lights off before you leave the house! Bike or take the bus and leave the car at home πŸ™‚

    162. MelissaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:53am PDT

      wash clothes in cold water,lights off&hang dry clothes

    163. JaimeThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:53am PDT

      Turn off lights in the house and open the windows… You can use the late sun rays to light your living room and get the nice cool summer breeze!

    164. mariaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:54am PDT

      -use a rain barrel to collect water for watering plants
      -hang your clothes to dry
      -open windows instead of using ac
      -walk or ride a bike instead of driving everywhere

    165. Greg L.Thursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:05pm PDT

      hang dry washed clothes

    166. FionaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:16pm PDT

      Number one tip is to dry your clothes on the line outside! We also use a fan to cool off the bedroom before we go to sleep, then turn it off. A little bit of fan on the hottest nights can go a long way πŸ™‚

    167. HeteshThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:21pm PDT

      Dry your clothes on a rack or a line outside! And always unplug those chargers for your phone.

    168. Devin F.Thursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:27pm PDT

      Some methods I’ve taken to reduce hydro usage in my condo have been replacing standard light bulbs with energy efficient LED/Fluorescent bulbs, only using cold water for washing laundry, hanging clothes to dry inside, time-controlled thermostat and energy efficient appliances & televisions.

    169. DebThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:33pm PDT

      I close my curtains during the hot sunny portion of the day (haven’t done it too much this year!) and then open all windows when I am home during the cooler evening hours. Also use my automobile sun shade on my kitchen window to ‘deflect’ the heat away from the house.

    170. BernadetteThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 12:48pm PDT

      A few of the tips for energy saving are:

      1. Take the kids out for a walk, have them play outside instead of being indoors and in front of the tv, computer and their game consoles.

      2. Turn off the lights when you are not in the room
      3. Turn down the thermostat on the water heater and the feed to the faucets, so that less hot water is being consumed
      4. Letting the sunshine in the house
      5. Doing a load of laundry with warm water instead of hot water for your “white” load

    171. LyndseyThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 2:12pm PDT

      1. I hang most of my clothes to dry, and/or if i need the drier- dry on cool air
      2. we keep our blinds and curtains closed during the day to keep the place cool, open em up (and the windows and night for a nice breeze
      3. we don’t run the dishwasher. I will hand wash to save on heat/electricity/water
      4 we eat more raw food in the hot season, so we aren’t using the stove/oven very much
      5. I do less laundry, only 1-2 loads every week or two
      6. Lots of hot yoga means, cool showers/ water rinses- saving on hot water!
      7. I bike and walk everywhere…no cars, or rarely use transit!!

    172. TracyThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 4:34pm PDT

      take cold showers after coming back from the beach!

    173. CeciThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 4:36pm PDT

      Don’t use the a/c so much and just have your windows open.

    174. ChristopherThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 5:52pm PDT

      Leave windows open at each end of the house to create a cooling flow of air throughout

    175. EricThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 5:55pm PDT

      How about reducing overall energy use by keeping the lights off and the curtains open until dusk, hanging laundry outside to dry and keeping the thermostat at its lowest setting during the daytime and using the suns heat to warm up the house for the evening. All easy!!

    176. MaryThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 9:25pm PDT

      my favourite: hanging my clothes to dry

    177. larryThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:11pm PDT

      I carpool to work and use cold water to wash clothes also always hand wash my dishes right away never let them build up uses less water changed all my light bulbs to compact flourecents

    178. auThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 10:57pm PDT

      A microwave uses about two-thirds less energy than stove.
      Another tip, whenever possible, always choose Enegry Star products.

    179. RebeccaThursday, August 18th, 2011 — 11:58pm PDT

      Dry your clothes outside while you still can!

    180. AnnaFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 12:04am PDT

      Turning off the tv/ computer while not using and open the blinds for light.

    181. SteveFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 12:13am PDT

      Go hang out in the mall or park instead of staying home πŸ™‚

    182. C.A.HadikinFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 12:16am PDT

      My best energy saving tip is instead of using a fan or an air conditioner wet a small hand towel with cold water or even ice water and then put it on top of your head. I know it sounds funny and strange but it really works and it will save you money and power.

    183. MaeFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 1:52am PDT

      Like many posters have suggested, hanging your laundry instead of using the dryer saves a lot of energy. Also, take inventory of your old appliances. Do you really need that 20+ year old 3rd fridge in a household of 4 people?

    184. CeciliaFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 8:54am PDT

      Spend as much time as you can outside! healthy for you and you won’t be spending on electricity watching tv at home!!

    185. MavFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:36am PDT

      Cool. Done it before would love to again.

    186. KatieFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:36am PDT

      Keep the lights off! It’s bright enough outside!

    187. JoeFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:37am PDT

      Planning to visit this summer regardless.

    188. DeniseFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:37am PDT

      Leave windows on – No electric fans or AC!

    189. EranFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:37am PDT

      The air outside is probably cooler than inside. Aim a fan to draw air from the outside into the house

    190. CarmenFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:38am PDT

      – Shorter, colder showers
      – Dry your clothes outside
      – BBQ and fresher salad foods to avoid turning on the stove

    191. JaniceFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:39am PDT

      Use fans not acon.

    192. Lori DavisFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:40am PDT

      Unplug all unused electrical home appliances ie: toaster, hair dryer, fans, etc..
      Replaced all light bulbs to energy effiencient light bulbs (all year round)
      Walk Walk Walk

    193. JamieFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:41am PDT

      Hanging clothes to dry
      Taking a cool shower
      Going out to do things

    194. KristinaFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:42am PDT

      I unplug my laptop and cell phone charger when they are not in use!

    195. HeatherFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:43am PDT

      Hang your laundry out! Say no to AC! Turn off your lights and tv’s and get outside!

    196. Joyce LoFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:45am PDT

      Keep the windows open during the day to keep cool instead of using the fan or an air conditioner.

    197. AmandaFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:46am PDT

      It’s hot in the summer so have colder showers, let your hair air dry and turn off your furnace. Most of there is lots of sunshine coming through the windows, turn off your lights. Go outside enjoy the weather and stay away from that TV, game system and computer. Forget your tredmill WALK OUTSIDE.

    198. Shane YorkeFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:47am PDT

      Use your bike to commute, turn the air conditioner off and head to the beach, instead of tv how about a walk in lovely DT Vancouver

    199. KristenFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:48am PDT

      We keep all the lights off as late as we can and do more outside on the patio. With a West-facing condo, we get natural sun until about 8pm. Ever tried showering in near-dark? It’s actually kind of fun (but not recommended for those with poor coordination!).

    200. KailynFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:49am PDT

      Turn off the lights and open those blinds and curtains for natural light.

    201. MargaFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:49am PDT

      Don’t be an energy hog, unplug!

      PNE!!

    202. SusannahFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:50am PDT

      If you have a west-facing room, open the windows in the morning. Draw the blinds near the evening and maybe stay outside. πŸ™‚

    203. DanielleFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:51am PDT

      Shut off our heat breaker, only dry clothes in dryer if we need it ASAP. Walk as much as possible too.

    204. Jason KlattFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:52am PDT

      We hang our clothes out to dry to save energy, plus we use Tide Coldwater.

    205. TomFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:52am PDT

      Turn off the lights.

    206. KristiFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:52am PDT

      I would love to take go to the PNE again with my sister and her family. Last year I got to take my 3 year old niece on her first ride ever and she loved it! It would be a blast to go again! πŸ™‚

    207. JasonFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:53am PDT

      Make sure you turn everything off when you go on vacation.

    208. PatrickFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:54am PDT

      Close blinds and windows during the day keep the heat out… Open em in the evening to cool down

    209. OnkarFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:56am PDT

      Switch to cold when doing your laundry. 85 – 90% of the energy used to wash your clothes is used to heat the water. By turning the dial to cold on your washing machine, you help the environment, save energy, and save money.

    210. TiffanyFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 9:59am PDT

      make sure the lights are off when its not in use or when you’re out of the room πŸ™‚

    211. caitlinFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 10:01am PDT

      instead of using air conditioning, keeping your blinds down through the afternoon really helps keep cool.

    212. TawcanFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 10:20am PDT

      Try your clothes outside instead of using drier.

    213. KerryFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 10:44am PDT

      Use cold water only when washing your clothes. Hang dry instead of using the dryer. πŸ™‚

    214. RheannaFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 10:57am PDT

      Dry your clothes outside in the Sun, and eat cold foods to avoid using the oven.

    215. TerryFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 11:03am PDT

      My kids are in town from Kamloops and would love to go to the PNE AND Playland while they are here. This would be a great priZe to win.

    216. TerryFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 11:05am PDT

      We live in Kamloops and keep all the windows open at night to cool the house downand close them during the day and close the blinds to keep the house cool so we don’t have to use our air conditioning.

    217. Gillian BurnsFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 11:08am PDT

      Sprinkle cold water on bed sheets before going to bed – so it will cool you down without having turn on the air conditoner or fan.

    218. Robin-LynnFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 11:33am PDT

      Hang-dry clothes as much as possible, turn the furnace off for the summer, unplug all kitchen appliances/hair appliances/game & cell phone charges when not in use and use the BBQ as much as possible! The living room lights are very rarely on all year round, prefer candle light! :o)

    219. tinaFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 11:49am PDT

      turn off the a/c and open up all the windows on hot days to save electricity

    220. JanetFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 4:21pm PDT

      Eat foods that don’t have to be cooked such as salads, cold cuts, cereal and milk, etc. Saves on turning on ovens, stoves, etc. Open the windows to let in cooler air instead of fans. Take cooler showers and shower rather than bathe to use less water. Go out and enjoy the great summer days instead of staying in and using energy at home and turn things off before you go out!

    221. StephanieFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 4:24pm PDT

      Cook outside on your BBQ. What could be better.

    222. KirstenFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 5:14pm PDT

      Turn off the TV and get outside!

    223. KevinFriday, August 19th, 2011 — 10:07pm PDT

      Close the curtains during the day to keep the house cool

    224. KellySaturday, August 20th, 2011 — 8:52am PDT

      Wait for a full load of laundry before washing and use cold water!

    225. TazSaturday, August 20th, 2011 — 1:13pm PDT

      open the doors and windows for cool air cross breeze…no need for fans or AC

    226. Samantha ClarkSaturday, August 20th, 2011 — 1:46pm PDT

      Use the sunlight to read instead of using a lamp.

    227. VinceSunday, August 21st, 2011 — 4:18am PDT

      Shut down your A/C when you’re not in your home.

    228. candiceSunday, August 21st, 2011 — 10:13pm PDT

      please unplug your cell phone chargers when not in use ~ otherwise it is still drawing energy that is being wasted

    229. Shannon W.Monday, August 22nd, 2011 — 1:23pm PDT

      We unplug our microwave between uses … and anything else that doesn’t need to be constantly on

    230. RiversMonday, August 22nd, 2011 — 1:39pm PDT

      Don’t use AC, open your doors/windows and let the wind cool your house.

    231. RomiFriday, August 26th, 2011 — 5:01pm PDT

      My summer energy saving tip is hanging the laundry on the lilne in my backyard.

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