FortisBC at the PNE 2012

Comments 204 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

View all “How To” videos from FortisBC on YouTube

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)
RT to enter to win a @PNE_Playland admission & ride prize pack from @FortisBC & @Miss604

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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204 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. RoMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:29am PDT

    Let your clothes air dry!

  2. Tracy SMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:32am PDT

    Open the window instead of turning on the air conditioning. This works well in the house and the car!

  3. Ashley MMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:34am PDT

    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…

  4. sharonne katzMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:42am PDT

    I turn the air conditioner up a degree. It saves a lot of energy.

  5. NicoleMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:42am PDT

    Don’t cook your summer, in season, produce! Enjoy all the wonderful flavours raw and natural!

  6. Chris MMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:43am PDT

    Eat more salad, and leave the stove off! 😉

  7. SamanthaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:43am PDT

    Unplug everything when you go on vacation – tv, computer, toaster, microwave etc – money and electricity saved

  8. Sharon DongMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:43am PDT

    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.

  9. SandraMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:44am PDT

    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.

  10. ChRistineMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:47am PDT

    No dryer usage in the windows rather than air con

  11. ShawnMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:47am PDT

    Air dry your hair and keep the blow dryer unplugged.

  12. GregMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:47am PDT

    Shut off lights.

  13. ErikaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:50am PDT

    Turning off the TV and getting outside!

  14. Michelle WMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:50am PDT

    Hang/air dry your clothes! It’ll be dry in no time with all this lovely sunshine! 😀

  15. MarinaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:53am PDT

    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!

  16. SheilaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:53am PDT

    Air dry your laundry

  17. DilaraMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:54am PDT

    Take advantage of the warmer temperature and hang your clothes to dry.

  18. lindseyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:54am PDT

    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!

  19. TeresaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:54am PDT

    Don’t turn up the heat!

  20. Taruna GoelMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:55am PDT

    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 🙂

  21. Jake HamiltonMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:56am PDT

    leave the heat and air con off…take cool showers….

  22. maryMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:57am PDT

    wash clothes with hose and air dry

  23. Ginger Leah GervaisMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:58am PDT

    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..

  24. HmoneyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:01pm PDT

    Use BBQ instead of the stove/oven 🙂

  25. ChrisMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:04pm PDT

    don’t leave the water running

  26. AdaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:07pm PDT

    don’t use AC/fan, just leave the windows open or fan yourself

  27. JenMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:07pm PDT

    Hang your clothes outside to dry.

  28. MelodyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:07pm PDT

    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.

  29. RubyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:09pm PDT

    Eat Salads.

  30. StephanieMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:09pm PDT

    close your drapes in the afternoon to keep the sun out. It helps with inside temperature nd saves on air conditioning

  31. C.K. LeeMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:10pm PDT

    Move into the basement where it’s cooler 🙂 Works for us!

  32. Shaunna JohnsonMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:11pm PDT

    Use the BBQ more, saves electricity and keeps the house cool. Less of a need for air conditioners. 🙂

  33. ShannonMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:12pm PDT

    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.

  34. GaryMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:13pm PDT

    Air dry your laundry in sunny days

  35. ShaunaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:16pm PDT

    The heat is off, lights are out and I try to NOT cook!!

  36. AlexandraMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:21pm PDT

    Hang your clothes to dry!!

  37. Ryan ExleyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:23pm PDT

    Turn off the lights and let the sun light your home.

  38. HarjitMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:25pm PDT

    Quick cool showers!

  39. samMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:29pm PDT

    I sun dry my fruits instead of using my dehydrator.

  40. JanMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:33pm PDT

    turn your hot water heater down a notch or two

  41. CurtisMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:34pm PDT

    Go to the lake instead of sitting in the air conditioned house!

  42. Kelsey BainesMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:37pm PDT

    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.

  43. Michelle W.Monday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:41pm PDT

    Turn off the lights, turn off the computer, turn off the tv and get outside in the sunshine and breeze.

  44. TamaraMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:45pm PDT

    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!

  45. JudyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:46pm PDT

    Wash in cold water and hang your clothes in the sunshine : )

  46. LubaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:50pm PDT

    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!

  47. StephanieMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:52pm PDT

    Open the windows instead of turning on the a/c or fan.

  48. bevMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:56pm PDT

    Airdrying the laundry in the sunshine instead of using the dryer!

  49. AllyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 12:56pm PDT

    Windows open, blinds closed. Sea breeze keeps the house cool.

  50. DeyaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:00pm PDT

    Definitely cook with the BBQ and lay the cold beer bottles on your belly who needs A/C 😉

  51. RebeccaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:00pm PDT

    Dry your clothes outside.

  52. Art B.Monday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:04pm PDT

    Hang your laundry outside to dry instead of using the dryer.

  53. PhilMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:14pm PDT

    Spend outdoors and soak up all the daylight and use less energy at home.

  54. MeganMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:17pm PDT

    leaving your windows open really helps keep a cooler home, no need for AC!

  55. DavidMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:20pm PDT

    use solar-powered night lights

  56. SueMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:24pm PDT

    hanging up wet clothes outside on the line to dry instead of using the dryer!

  57. Win.AMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:28pm PDT

    I put 2 liter bottle inside toilet tank, less water per flush

  58. JanetMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 1:32pm PDT

    Hang dry your clothes on the clothesline when it is sunny and put them on the drying rack inside when it’s not.

  59. Leanne MMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 2:04pm PDT

    keep the lights off during the day, they aren’t needed with all this sunshine. Wash clothes in cold water and air dry them

  60. chrissyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 2:29pm PDT

    air dry your hair and your clothes!

  61. gordMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 2:29pm PDT

    Air drying laundry instead of using the dryer. 🙂

  62. Elizabeth BMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 2:38pm PDT

    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!)

  63. LaurenMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 2:40pm PDT

    Unplug all your electronics before you go on vacation.

  64. CarlieMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 2:42pm PDT

    No hair dryer and hang clothes to dry!

  65. KennethMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 2:58pm PDT

    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!

  66. ShelleyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:04pm PDT

    BBQ instead of using the oven.

  67. ChandniMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:07pm PDT

    Use a clothesline instead of a dryer.

  68. Michael KwanMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:29pm PDT

    Open a window instead of turning on the A/C.

  69. BonsMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:30pm PDT

    Using cold water to wash clothes and hang dry them!

  70. Marcy Siple OakleyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:33pm PDT

    Line dry laundry and cook on the BBQ!

  71. BennettMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:37pm PDT

    Instead of using a fan or a/c while eating a hot meal, pack a picnic lunch/ dinner & eat outdoors in the shade.

  72. LianaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:42pm PDT

    Nothing beats hanging the laundry on the line – fresh, sundried clothes. Especially great for smelly athletic wear! 🙂

  73. EricaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:44pm PDT

    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 🙂

  74. ChistaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:46pm PDT

    open the windows instaed of turning on a fan or ac and air dry clothes instead of using the dryer

  75. MatthewMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 3:50pm PDT

    Curtains can help reflect the heat and keep the inside of your home cool. No need for A/C or fans.

  76. shelaineMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 4:17pm PDT

    open two windows (front and back) for air flow!

  77. KerriMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 4:34pm PDT

    Open windows on shady sides of home. Close windows and blinds on suunny side during hottest part of day.

  78. CliffMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 4:43pm PDT

    Open windows and doors for cooling instead of using fans or air conditioners

  79. BrendaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 4:43pm PDT

    Take showers with cooler water

  80. DanaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 4:49pm PDT

    Hanging clothes outside to dry.

  81. Elizabeth SalesMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 5:13pm PDT

    would love to take my little boy!

  82. Elizabeth SalesMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 5:14pm PDT

    and oops forgot the tip…in this hot weather definitely try drying clothes by hanging instead of using the dryer

  83. DanaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 5:29pm PDT

    Good insulation! Makes a difference all year round.

  84. SonjaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 6:19pm PDT

    Top energy saving tip? Keep the shades down to keep the house cool so that you don’t have to use air conditioning.

  85. BekkiMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 6:45pm PDT

    Keep the windows open.

  86. tracyMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 7:06pm PDT

    air dry your clothes

  87. LinaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 7:11pm PDT

    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!

  88. Sunshine GMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 7:18pm PDT

    Keep a spray bottle in your car to wet your hair down…much cheaper than air conditioning!

  89. Sandra GarciaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 7:29pm PDT

    Open doors, windows, and air dry your hair

  90. LeeanneMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 7:46pm PDT

    Let your hair air dry.

  91. AngelaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 7:56pm PDT

    Spend as much time outdoors as possible! To make the most out of the sunlight 😀

  92. JeffMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 8:23pm PDT

    Hang your clothes up to dry.

  93. au07Monday, August 13th, 2012 — 8:55pm PDT

    get rid of salads & grilled-foods, way healthier

  94. taniaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 9:15pm PDT

    Hang your clothes out to dry.

  95. Leanne MMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 9:32pm PDT

  96. IrisMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 10:07pm PDT

    Use the BBQ instead of the oven to keep the house cool.

  97. KatieMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 10:15pm PDT

    Don’t flush the toilet every single time (especially if it is dilute urine 😉

  98. GlendaMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 10:21pm PDT

    air drying my laundry

  99. JackMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 10:45pm PDT

    Turn off the computers when they’re not being used is a great way to save energy.

  100. Cindy SmithMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:00pm PDT

    Don’t leave phone chargers plugged in when not in use.

  101. IzMonday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:35pm PDT

    Let my hair air-dry!

  102. Steph :)Monday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:43pm PDT

    Letting hair air dry

  103. Matthew STuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 2:16am PDT

    Limit your showers to 5 minutes.

  104. Jenn STuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 3:01am PDT

    Hang your clothing outside or air dry

  105. Angela griffinTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 6:08am PDT

    Turn off your lights

  106. Angela griffinTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 6:09am PDT

    Turn off your lights.

  107. Jennifer TTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 7:27am PDT

    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)

  108. lindaTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 8:22am PDT

    cool water showers. refreshing and energy saving.

  109. MonaTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 9:15am PDT

    top energy-saving tip for summer:

    Open windows and stay in lower part of house to keep cool.

  110. maryTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:33am PDT

    using hand made fan over fan/ air condition

  111. CaresseTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:35am PDT

    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.

  112. LorTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:47am PDT

    Close the curtains to keep the heat out, rather than having to cool your place once the heat is in.

  113. Stephanie STuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 11:13am PDT

    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.

  114. RGTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 11:25am PDT

    Wash your clothes in a cold water cycle, then air dry.

  115. kjTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 12:49pm PDT

    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!)

  116. jenelle HameluckTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 12:55pm PDT

    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.

  117. RajuTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 1:40pm PDT

    Air drying laundry

  118. JennyTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 1:43pm PDT

    Air drying your hair while you hang your clothes outside to air dry. lol

  119. KenTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 2:38pm PDT

    Hang dry your laundry whenever possible.

  120. ErinTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 2:51pm PDT

    Don’t just turn off. Unplug. Makes a difference.

  121. JeanneTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 3:21pm PDT

    Air dry my laundry

  122. DarylTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 3:51pm PDT

    Air dry clothes

  123. RebeccaTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 3:59pm PDT

    Cool off in English Bay instead of turning on air conditioning or sitting in the open fridge door!

  124. AmyTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 4:02pm PDT

    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.

  125. kevinTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 4:21pm PDT

    make sure the heat is off.

  126. KTTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 4:25pm PDT

    more bbq’s less stove/oven use

  127. WinnieTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 4:45pm PDT

    Hang your clothes outside to dry

  128. LeahTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 7:45pm PDT

    Use a low-flow shower head.

  129. JenniferTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 7:53pm PDT

    Turn the thermostat down when you leave the house.

  130. Jennifer TillTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 8:05pm PDT

    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 😉

  131. DeniseTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 8:41pm PDT

    Dont use ac just open windows at night for cold air and then close windows in morning

  132. RobertaTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 9:16pm PDT

    get some solar panels to power household items like hot water tanks, or use natural gas appliances

  133. AndreaTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 9:48pm PDT

    Turn off the lights as much as possible and hang clothes to dry when possible.

  134. AmyTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:10pm PDT

    Hang and Air Dry My Clothes!

  135. CarolTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:33pm PDT

    Instead of an air conditioner, fill your bathtub with cold water and it will cool the rooms nearby.

  136. TYTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:43pm PDT

    unplug appliances that are not in use

  137. AmyTuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:43pm PDT

    Hang clothes out to dry in the sun instead of using the dryer!

  138. tilaWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 1:22am PDT

    the good ol shower not bath

  139. StotesWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 5:58am PDT

    Air dry clothes in the sun.

  140. DennisWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 5:58am PDT

    turn the lights off and take advantage of the sunlight as the days are longer in the summer

  141. Angela griffinWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 7:08am PDT

    Hang laundry outside to dry

  142. Mike GismondiWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 7:09am PDT

    Turn off lights since it stays bright outside and it will keep you cooler too

  143. KellyWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:32am PDT

    When going on vacation, unplug everything in your house as some appliances still waste power even when turned off.

  144. royWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:34am PDT

    unplug chargers and electronics when not using them

  145. ShaelynWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:37am PDT

    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!

  146. SherryWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:37am PDT

    In the summertime, try walking or taking public transit instead of taking the car and wasting gas.

  147. MelainaWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:38am PDT

    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.

  148. TFWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:43am PDT

    Hang dry your clothes!

  149. Dave VenusWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 10:23am PDT

    Best energy saving tip: The woman is always right.

    Hang dry laundry 🙂

  150. VanessaWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 10:53am PDT

    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.”

  151. cindy quachWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 11:47am PDT

    use clothesline instead of dryer

  152. EileenWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 1:22pm PDT

    Dry your clothes outside in the sun

  153. lizWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 2:35pm PDT

    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.

  154. susieWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 3:10pm PDT

    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.

  155. DeidreWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 3:18pm PDT

    turn off the lights and computers!

  156. VinceWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 3:23pm PDT

    Use the sun to dry clothing

  157. JuliaWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 3:30pm PDT

    Unplug the phone chargers

  158. SusanWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 8:06pm PDT

    Dont’ use the dryer, hang clothes to dry outside.

  159. JBWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 8:16pm PDT

    Line dry your laundry

  160. Jen LeGrandWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 8:36pm PDT

    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!

  161. mitziWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:18pm PDT

    Dry Line. Walk. BBQ!

  162. wanjikuwWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 9:36pm PDT

    Leave the windows open instead of using air conditioning.

  163. JonathanWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 10:01pm PDT

    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

  164. MarianneWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 10:17pm PDT

    solar-powered energy for temperature and electricity.

  165. MimiWednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 11:59pm PDT

    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.

  166. AnthonyThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 6:14am PDT

    Leave your lights off as much as possible during the summer especially on bright sunny days!

  167. GigiThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 9:02am PDT

    Walk instead of driving or taking transit!

  168. PeterThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:14am PDT

    keep your lights off

  169. Mary TThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:15am PDT

    Dry your clothes on the line instead of the dryer

  170. Angela HustonThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:31am PDT

    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!

  171. KathrynThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:39am PDT

    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

  172. CtelfordThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 11:38am PDT

    Windows open at night and curtains closed during the day.

  173. SheilaThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 11:55am PDT

    Keeping my blinds closed on the sunny side of the house to keep the heat out. Hanging the clothes on the line.

  174. B.NelsonThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 12:45pm PDT

    We unplug everything we are not using and TURN OFF ALL LIGHTS when we leave the room.

  175. taylor lorenThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 1:42pm PDT

    shorter showers for sure!

  176. SitaThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 2:09pm PDT

    close curtains to keep heat out so don’t need to use the air conditioner, when not at home unplug electronics.

  177. ShaenaThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 3:34pm PDT

    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.

  178. Jane BThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 4:33pm PDT

    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.

  179. KellyThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 5:03pm PDT

    Don’t open your bright lights and instead enjoy the sun shine!

  180. shellyThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 7:06pm PDT

    try to buy energy star appliances

  181. lisaThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 7:56pm PDT

    turn off your computer before you sleep!

  182. ChristinaThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:04pm PDT

    Turn off the lights, short showers, cold water washing!

  183. LexieThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:07pm PDT

    I’m in a basement suite. I’ve noticed that if I keep my west-facing windows closed, it keeps the overall temperature down.

  184. PeterThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:07pm PDT

    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.

  185. SueThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:10pm PDT

    TRANSIT !!!

  186. AnnaThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:14pm PDT

    Hanging my clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer 🙂

  187. janiceThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:21pm PDT

    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!

  188. Christian JohannsenThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:41pm PDT

    Grow your own food. Saves on gas and produce containers.

  189. cThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:49pm PDT

    burn candles at night, use a toaster oven rather than regular oven when cooking

  190. BonnieThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 10:52pm PDT

    Unplug all appliances and electronics which are not in use.

  191. FCThursday, August 16th, 2012 — 11:21pm PDT

    Install solar lights outside to light pathways or to enjoy your patio at night.

  192. VishyFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 2:05am PDT

    Air dry washed clothes

  193. GregFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 2:09am PDT

    bicycle to work

  194. PamFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 5:59am PDT

    Close windows, curtains during the day to keep hot air out. Take 3 kids to PNE.

  195. PamFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 6:01am PDT

    Close windows, curtains during the day to keep hot air out. Take 3 kids to The Fair.

  196. PamFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 6:01am PDT

    Close windows, curtains during the day to keep hot air out. Take 3 kids to The PNE.

  197. ShellFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 6:58am PDT

    window coverings – block out the hot sun, keeping house cooler

  198. NatalieFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 7:40am PDT

    Hanging my clothes to dry instead of using my machine dryer! Sun scented!

  199. LeahFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 7:45am PDT

    I use blackout shades so the sun stays out and I don’t have to use the air conditioner as much

  200. brandonFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 7:49am PDT

    letting in sunlight instead of using so many lights

  201. Deya CFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 8:55am PDT

    Air dry laundry and BBQ every day

  202. Jim W.Friday, August 17th, 2012 — 9:20am PDT

    Walk/bicycle more and unplug unnessary appliances.

  203. Anibal IbarraFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 9:39am PDT

    Hang out in the basement where is cool, so no need to use the air conditioning or fans.

  204. KittyFriday, August 17th, 2012 — 10:11am PDT

    Get outside instead of turning on fans and air con! It’s much cooler outside by the water in the shaded parts than indoors!

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