FortisBC at the PNE 2012by
Vancouver’s summer Fair at the PNE kicks off this weekend with entertainment, exhibitions, demonstrations, and food creations that go far beyond the beloved mini donuts. The team from FortisBC (natural gas, electricity, and energy solutions) is returning this year with an info booth about how you can save energy in your home throughout the year.
Anyone who stops by the FortisBC booth at the PNE and checks-in on Foursquare or Facebook, or puts a shout out on Twitter (@FortisBC) will instantly receive a prize. Make it a destination on your way to check out the latest deep-fried creation, the SuperDogs, livestock, a PNE concert, Family Feud or the new Star Trek exhibition.
They have also offered up two prize packs for me to give away that include 4 day passes to PNE and 4 all-day ride passes for Playland. Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment with your top energy-saving tip for summer (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw two winners on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:00am. Prize packs will be couriered to the winners so that they can get out and enjoy the Fair at the PNE while it runs August 18th to September 3rd. Each prize pack is valued at approximately $200.
Follow FortisBC on Twitter for more information about energy savings, rebate offers, home improvement projects, and more throughout the year.
Update The winners are Luba & @zojirushi!
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Let your clothes air dry!
Open the window instead of turning on the air conditioning. This works well in the house and the car!
My #1 summer energy saving tip is to use sunlight instead of electricity to light/heat the rooms in your home. We should take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun in summer months, as our fall/winter months tend to be quite dark and cold so our homes require more energy than our shorter spring and summer months. Plus there’s just something special about how the afternoon sun filters through the blinds at the end of the day…
I turn the air conditioner up a degree. It saves a lot of energy.
Don’t cook your summer, in season, produce! Enjoy all the wonderful flavours raw and natural!
Eat more salad, and leave the stove off! 😉
Unplug everything when you go on vacation – tv, computer, toaster, microwave etc – money and electricity saved
Keeping my blinds closed all day keeps the heat out, cool air in, open windows and front/back door for air flow instead of having fan or a/c on.
Having lots of food in your fridge keeps it from warming up too fast when the door is open. So your fridge doesn’t have to work as hard to stay cool.
No dryer usage in the summer..open windows rather than air con
Air dry your hair and keep the blow dryer unplugged.
Shut off lights.
Turning off the TV and getting outside!
Hang/air dry your clothes! It’ll be dry in no time with all this lovely sunshine! 😀
Keep the lights out (use the sunlight) and the windows open. Screens on your windows help you take advantage of maximum air flow without bugs!
Air dry your laundry
Take advantage of the warmer temperature and hang your clothes to dry.
Open up the windows and let the breeze cool your home. Close the blinds on the side of yoyr hoyse that gets the most sun, turn off the tv and get outside!
Don’t turn up the heat!
My top energy-saving tip for summer is to make no-cook mains and salads without turning a knob! I make a conscious effort to learn and implement no-cook recipes especially during summer. Raw is healthy and no-cook food saves my time and helps our family save precious electrical energy…one meal at a time 🙂
leave the heat and air con off…take cool showers….
wash clothes with hose and air dry
Mine would be just the basic things i teach my kids at they age they are right now… not leaving the water running. turning off lights when they are not using them… taking baths instead of showers…using the pool instead of the sprinkler… etc..
Use BBQ instead of the stove/oven 🙂
don’t leave the water running
don’t use AC/fan, just leave the windows open or fan yourself
Hang your clothes outside to dry.
Windows open and blinds down during the day. Shower with cool/cold water and turn off while soaping up. Turn back on to rinse. Cook everything on the bbq instead of the stove.
close your drapes in the afternoon to keep the sun out. It helps with inside temperature nd saves on air conditioning
Move into the basement where it’s cooler 🙂 Works for us!
Use the BBQ more, saves electricity and keeps the house cool. Less of a need for air conditioners. 🙂
We make sure we leave all the blinds closed to help keep the heat out and keep the house cool in the summer time. In the winter if we’re cold we just try to put on a sweater instead of turning the heat up.
Air dry your laundry in sunny days
The heat is off, lights are out and I try to NOT cook!!
Hang your clothes to dry!!
Turn off the lights and let the sun light your home.
Quick cool showers!
I sun dry my fruits instead of using my dehydrator.
turn your hot water heater down a notch or two
Go to the lake instead of sitting in the air conditioned house!
I cook as much as possible on the BBQ, it gets me and the family outdoors and helps keep in inside nice and cool without having to rely on the air conditioner.
Turn off the lights, turn off the computer, turn off the tv and get outside in the sunshine and breeze.
For those times when you need to use energy, choose ENERGY STAR® products:
Buy ENERGY STAR® certified table lamps and light fixtures, and replace your incandescent light bulbs that are used more than two hours per day with ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent bulbs.
Install an ENERGY STAR® programmable thermostat so that you don’t forget to adjust it during your busy summer activities.
Use ENERGY STAR® appliances and Air conditioners and be sure to not run your non-essential appliances during peak times.
Did you know…. Your dishwasher will use less water than washing dishes by hand. Let dishes air-dry to save even more energy!
Wash in cold water and hang your clothes in the sunshine : )
We have a strict NO TV rule in our house for the entire summer. Our kids know that smmer time is the time to be outside and enjoy all that our beautiful province has to offer. PNE is just one of those great summer traditions!
Open the windows instead of turning on the a/c or fan.
Airdrying the laundry in the sunshine instead of using the dryer!
Windows open, blinds closed. Sea breeze keeps the house cool.
Definitely cook with the BBQ and lay the cold beer bottles on your belly who needs A/C 😉
Dry your clothes outside.
Hang your laundry outside to dry instead of using the dryer.
Spend outdoors and soak up all the daylight and use less energy at home.
leaving your windows open really helps keep a cooler home, no need for AC!
use solar-powered night lights
hanging up wet clothes outside on the line to dry instead of using the dryer!
I put 2 liter bottle inside toilet tank, less water per flush
Hang dry your clothes on the clothesline when it is sunny and put them on the drying rack inside when it’s not.
keep the lights off during the day, they aren’t needed with all this sunshine. Wash clothes in cold water and air dry them
air dry your hair and your clothes!
Air drying laundry instead of using the dryer. 🙂
We keep the blinds and windows closed on the side of the house that the sun is shining in on…makes it cooler later so the air con doesn’t have to work as hard (if at all!)
Unplug all your electronics before you go on vacation.
No hair dryer and hang clothes to dry!
The sun is out until late in the evening, so there’s no need to turn on the lights…or you can try not to, simply open your blinds!
BBQ instead of using the oven.
Use a clothesline instead of a dryer.
Open a window instead of turning on the A/C.
Using cold water to wash clothes and hang dry them!
Line dry laundry and cook on the BBQ!
Instead of using a fan or a/c while eating a hot meal, pack a picnic lunch/ dinner & eat outdoors in the shade.
Nothing beats hanging the laundry on the line – fresh, sundried clothes. Especially great for smelly athletic wear! 🙂
People sometimes forget that running the tap water for long period of time is also energy consuming habit. Always close the bottom of sink and wash dishes with enclosed water to save water consumption.
Also, always turn off light even leaving for short period incase you forget to turn off light and waste energy for long period. 🙂
Saving energy is simple as turning off light while exiting the room. Also, by choosing a day to do laundry, you can collect bigger volume of clothes to be washed and can separate the laundry based on color code, white/underwear, color ones, and black ones 🙂
One last thing is that don’t leave your monitor on even when you are gone for few minutes. Leaving the monitor on will deplete its life expectancy and waste more energy than you might think 🙂
During winter, setting the thermometer of your home heater to one or two degrees lower while you wear long sleeve shirt instead of t shirt in winter, it can save much energy as well!!!
My family tries our best to save energy so that we can not only save money but increase the life expectancy of our eletronics and other goods.
Hopefully this will help ppl save energy 🙂
open the windows instaed of turning on a fan or ac and air dry clothes instead of using the dryer
Curtains can help reflect the heat and keep the inside of your home cool. No need for A/C or fans.
open two windows (front and back) for air flow!
Open windows on shady sides of home. Close windows and blinds on suunny side during hottest part of day.
Open windows and doors for cooling instead of using fans or air conditioners
Take showers with cooler water
Hanging clothes outside to dry.
would love to take my little boy!
and oops forgot the tip…in this hot weather definitely try drying clothes by hanging instead of using the dryer
Good insulation! Makes a difference all year round.
Top energy saving tip? Keep the shades down to keep the house cool so that you don’t have to use air conditioning.
Keep the windows open.
air dry your clothes
Reduce water consumption by watering your lawn or indoor plants in the evening as there’s less evaporation. Also, wash clothes with cold water and hang them to dry throughout the year, not just in the summer!
Keep a spray bottle in your car to wet your hair down…much cheaper than air conditioning!
Open doors, windows, and air dry your hair
Let your hair air dry.
Spend as much time outdoors as possible! To make the most out of the sunlight 😀
Hang your clothes up to dry.
get rid of salads & grilled-foods, way healthier
Hang your clothes out to dry.
Use the BBQ instead of the oven to keep the house cool.
Don’t flush the toilet every single time (especially if it is dilute urine 😉
air drying my laundry
Turn off the computers when they’re not being used is a great way to save energy.
Don’t leave phone chargers plugged in when not in use.
Let my hair air-dry!
Letting hair air dry
Limit your showers to 5 minutes.
Hang your clothing outside or air dry
Turn off your lights
Turn off your lights.
A few of our energy-saving tips:
– Turn off and unplug any appliances and electronics that you’re not using
– Turn off all lights when you leave a room
– Use cold water when washing clothes (and hang to dry)
cool water showers. refreshing and energy saving.
top energy-saving tip for summer:
Open windows and stay in lower part of house to keep cool.
using hand made fan over fan/ air condition
Close your blinds during the day to keep your home cool and then open blinds and windows in the evening to allow cool air to flow in.
Close the curtains to keep the heat out, rather than having to cool your place once the heat is in.
My energy saving tips for the summer is to use our charcoal bbq and not the oven, and also when having friends over – to fill a cooler with ice for drinks to be stored in, to avoid the fridge opening and closing all the time.
Wash your clothes in a cold water cycle, then air dry.
let your little ones run around with just their undies! no washing clothes at all and a lot of fun to watch them get dirty (then go to the free waterpark to get washed off!)
I would deffinately use low flow showerheads. I installed them and saved quite a bit. As well use the lovely sun were having right now to dry your clothes.
Air drying laundry
Air drying your hair while you hang your clothes outside to air dry. lol
Hang dry your laundry whenever possible.
Don’t just turn off. Unplug. Makes a difference.
Air dry my laundry
Air dry clothes
Cool off in English Bay instead of turning on air conditioning or sitting in the open fridge door!
Use other methods instead of air conditioning to cool down: iced drinks, window coverings, opening windows at night, fans, not using the oven or dryer, etc.
make sure the heat is off.
more bbq’s less stove/oven use
Hang your clothes outside to dry
Use a low-flow shower head.
Turn the thermostat down when you leave the house.
Top energy saving tip for summer? Turn the heat & lights off as much as possible. Keep the water off while you brush your teeth &…Make your kids do all the chores 😉
Dont use ac just open windows at night for cold air and then close windows in morning
get some solar panels to power household items like hot water tanks, or use natural gas appliances
Turn off the lights as much as possible and hang clothes to dry when possible.
Hang and Air Dry My Clothes!
Instead of an air conditioner, fill your bathtub with cold water and it will cool the rooms nearby.
unplug appliances that are not in use
Hang clothes out to dry in the sun instead of using the dryer!
the good ol shower not bath
Air dry clothes in the sun.
turn the lights off and take advantage of the sunlight as the days are longer in the summer
Hang laundry outside to dry
Turn off lights since it stays bright outside and it will keep you cooler too
When going on vacation, unplug everything in your house as some appliances still waste power even when turned off.
unplug chargers and electronics when not using them
A summer saving tip? How about taking colder showers? They help you stay cool and reduce heating costs. I also keep my lights off since it stays sunny a lot longer these days 🙂 Also, how about going out for a nice walk instead of turning on the wii for a workout!
In the summertime, try walking or taking public transit instead of taking the car and wasting gas.
I open all windows in the house at night when it’s cool and all windows, blinds and curtains are closed (and lights off!) in the daytime to keep the cool air inside. Also take cooler showers and wash dishes, etc., with cooler water.
Hang dry your clothes!
Best energy saving tip: The woman is always right.
Hang dry laundry 🙂
If your computer must be left on when you are not using it make sure that you enable the ENERGY STAR power-management feature on your computer for “sleep” mode. Set it to turn the monitor off after 10 minutes and the computer off after 20 minutes. At full power your computer and monitor could draw over 250 watts of power; in “sleep” mode, 15 watts. Screen savers do not save energy and can prevent your computer from “sleeping.”
use clothesline instead of dryer
Dry your clothes outside in the sun
Unplug all appliances when not in use as they can still draw power.Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth-do not let the water just run.
Keep the drapes pulled and the windows closed during the daytime for all windows on the sunny side of your home! Open them up at night to let the evening air flow thru.
turn off the lights and computers!
Use the sun to dry clothing
Unplug the phone chargers
Dont’ use the dryer, hang clothes to dry outside.
Line dry your laundry
I hardly ever use my clothes dryer during the hot weather. Not only does it save energy by not using the dryer, it saves energy not having to cool the house after using the dryer!
Dry Line. Walk. BBQ!
Leave the windows open instead of using air conditioning.
My top energy-saving tip for summer is to make use of the sunshine in several ways – no need to turn on the a/c or fans given the warm temperatures by opening windows/doors, let the sunlight warm things as required (e.g. clothes drying instead of dryer machine useage, no use of heaters), minimize use of electrical lights and use the natural light
solar-powered energy for temperature and electricity.
Use a fan to help circulate cooled air and reduce the amount your air conditioner or heat pump must work to keep your home cool. If you have a ceiling fan, set it counter-clockwise to create a wind chill effect.
Leave your lights off as much as possible during the summer especially on bright sunny days!
Walk instead of driving or taking transit!
keep your lights off
Dry your clothes on the line instead of the dryer
Open the blinds – no more need for the lights on! Open the front and back doors and windows to allow a breeze throughout the house – no more need for fans or airconditioning.
We cook one night and cook enough meat to have it over a salad the next day. Enjoying our meals outside, without having to use the BBQ or stove two days in a row.
There are so many ways to save energy, get creative and enjoy!
No need for for lights or dryers….open blinds and hang your clothes in the glorious sunshine. Another way to conserve energy at home in the summer….go out and stay out
Windows open at night and curtains closed during the day.
Keeping my blinds closed on the sunny side of the house to keep the heat out. Hanging the clothes on the line.
We unplug everything we are not using and TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS when we leave the room.
shorter showers for sure!
close curtains to keep heat out so don’t need to use the air conditioner, when not at home unplug electronics.
Take short, cool showers in the summer instead of long hot ones. It helps keep you nice and cool, lowers your energy consumption and gives you more time to be out an about. After that shower, stay cool by keeping the blow dryer unplugged and let your hair air dry. A little styling creme keeps the frizz at bay.
Unplug everything when not in use i.e. cell phone chargers, toasters, laptops. Turn off all the lights when you leave a room even if only for 15 minutes. Close the blinds during the day if you are leaving your house so the heat doesnt get in through your windows. When you wash your vegetables/fruits in the kitchen, save the used water to water your indoor plants. Small things add up and every little bit counts.
Don’t open your bright lights and instead enjoy the sun shine!
try to buy energy star appliances
turn off your computer before you sleep!
Turn off the lights, short showers, cold water washing!
I’m in a basement suite. I’ve noticed that if I keep my west-facing windows closed, it keeps the overall temperature down.
Turn down the brightness on your computer screens and your mobile device screens. That will reduce the number of charging cycles and hence lead to an energy saving.
Hanging my clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer 🙂
I have 3 main ones this summer: hanging clothes on the line to dry (I know, it’s been said already!); LED lights inside; solar lights outside!
Grow your own food. Saves on gas and produce containers.
burn candles at night, use a toaster oven rather than regular oven when cooking
Unplug all appliances and electronics which are not in use.
Install solar lights outside to light pathways or to enjoy your patio at night.
Air dry washed clothes
bicycle to work
Close windows, curtains during the day to keep hot air out. Take 3 kids to PNE.
Close windows, curtains during the day to keep hot air out. Take 3 kids to The Fair.
Close windows, curtains during the day to keep hot air out. Take 3 kids to The PNE.
window coverings – block out the hot sun, keeping house cooler
Hanging my clothes to dry instead of using my machine dryer! Sun scented!
I use blackout shades so the sun stays out and I don’t have to use the air conditioner as much
letting in sunlight instead of using so many lights
Air dry laundry and BBQ every day
Walk/bicycle more and unplug unnessary appliances.
Hang out in the basement where is cool, so no need to use the air conditioning or fans.
Get outside instead of turning on fans and air con! It’s much cooler outside by the water in the shaded parts than indoors!