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FortisBC at the PNE 2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012 — 11:24am PDT
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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!

Current contests on


  1. Ro says:

    Let your clothes air dry!

  2. Tracy S says:

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

  3. Ashley M says:

    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 katz says:

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

  5. Nicole says:

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

  6. Chris M says:

    Eat more salad, and leave the stove off! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Samantha says:

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

  8. Sharon Dong says:

    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. Sandra says:

    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. ChRistine says:

    No dryer usage in the windows rather than air con

  11. Shawn says:

    Air dry your hair and keep the blow dryer unplugged.

  12. Greg says:

    Shut off lights.

  13. Erika says:

    Turning off the TV and getting outside!

  14. Michelle W says:

    Hang/air dry your clothes! It’ll be dry in no time with all this lovely sunshine! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Marina says:

    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. Sheila says:

    Air dry your laundry

  17. Dilara says:

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

  18. lindsey says:

    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. Teresa says:

    Don’t turn up the heat!

  20. Taruna Goel says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Jake Hamilton says:

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

  22. mary says:

    wash clothes with hose and air dry

  23. Ginger Leah Gervais says:

    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. Hmoney says:

    Use BBQ instead of the stove/oven ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Chris says:

    don’t leave the water running

  26. Ada says:

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

  27. Jen says:

    Hang your clothes outside to dry.

  28. Melody says:

    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. Ruby says:

    Eat Salads.

  30. Stephanie says:

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

  31. C.K. Lee says:

    Move into the basement where it’s cooler ๐Ÿ™‚ Works for us!

  32. Shaunna Johnson says:

    Use the BBQ more, saves electricity and keeps the house cool. Less of a need for air conditioners. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Shannon says:

    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. Gary says:

    Air dry your laundry in sunny days

  35. Shauna says:

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

  36. Alexandra says:

    Hang your clothes to dry!!

  37. Ryan Exley says:

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

  38. Harjit says:

    Quick cool showers!

  39. sam says:

    I sun dry my fruits instead of using my dehydrator.

  40. Jan says:

    turn your hot water heater down a notch or two

  41. Curtis says:

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

  42. Kelsey Baines says:

    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. says:

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

  44. Tamara says:

    For those times when you need to use energy, choose ENERGY STARยฎ products:

    Buy ENERGY STARยฎ certified table lamps and light fixtures, and replace your incandescent light bulbs that are used more than two hours per day with ENERGY STARยฎ compact fluorescent bulbs.

    Install an ENERGY STARยฎ programmable thermostat so that you don’t forget to adjust it during your busy summer activities.

    Use ENERGY STARยฎ 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. Judy says:

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

  46. Luba says:

    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. Stephanie says:

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

  48. bev says:

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

  49. Ally says:

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

  50. Deya says:

    Definitely cook with the BBQ and lay the cold beer bottles on your belly who needs A/C ๐Ÿ˜‰

  51. Rebecca says:

    Dry your clothes outside.

  52. Art B. says:

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

  53. Phil says:

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

  54. Megan says:

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

  55. David says:

    use solar-powered night lights

  56. Sue says:

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

  57. Win.A says:

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

  58. Janet says:

    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 M says:

    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. chrissy says:

    air dry your hair and your clothes!

  61. gord says:

    Air drying laundry instead of using the dryer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Elizabeth B says:

    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. Lauren says:

    Unplug all your electronics before you go on vacation.

  64. Carlie says:

    No hair dryer and hang clothes to dry!

  65. Kenneth says:

    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. Shelley says:

    BBQ instead of using the oven.

  67. Chandni says:

    Use a clothesline instead of a dryer.

  68. Michael Kwan says:

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

  69. Bons says:

    Using cold water to wash clothes and hang dry them!

  70. Marcy Siple Oakley says:

    Line dry laundry and cook on the BBQ!

  71. Bennett says:

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

  72. Liana says:

    Nothing beats hanging the laundry on the line – fresh, sundried clothes. Especially great for smelly athletic wear! ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Erica says:

    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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Chista says:

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

  75. Matthew says:

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

  76. shelaine says:

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

  77. Kerri says:

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

  78. Cliff says:

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

  79. Brenda says:

    Take showers with cooler water

  80. Dana says:

    Hanging clothes outside to dry.

  81. Elizabeth Sales says:

    would love to take my little boy!

  82. Elizabeth Sales says:

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

  83. Dana says:

    Good insulation! Makes a difference all year round.

  84. Sonja says:

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

  85. Bekki says:

    Keep the windows open.

  86. tracy says:

    air dry your clothes

  87. Lina says:

    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 G says:

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

  89. Open doors, windows, and air dry your hair

  90. Leeanne says:

    Let your hair air dry.

  91. Angela says:

    Spend as much time outdoors as possible! To make the most out of the sunlight ๐Ÿ˜€

  92. Jeff says:

    Hang your clothes up to dry.

  93. au07 says:

    get rid of salads & grilled-foods, way healthier

  94. tania says:

    Hang your clothes out to dry.

  95. Iris says:

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

  96. Katie says:

    Don’t flush the toilet every single time (especially if it is dilute urine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  97. Glenda says:

    air drying my laundry

  98. Jack says:

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

  99. Cindy Smith says:

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

  100. Iz says:

    Let my hair air-dry!

  101. Steph :) says:

    Letting hair air dry

  102. Matthew S says:

    Limit your showers to 5 minutes.

  103. Jenn S says:

    Hang your clothing outside or air dry

  104. Angela griffin says:

    Turn off your lights

  105. Angela griffin says:

    Turn off your lights.

  106. Jennifer T says:

    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)

  107. linda says:

    cool water showers. refreshing and energy saving.

  108. Mona says:

    top energy-saving tip for summer:

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

  109. mary says:

    using hand made fan over fan/ air condition

  110. Caresse says:

    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.

  111. Lor says:

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

  112. Stephanie S says:

    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.

  113. RG says:

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

  114. kj says:

    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!)

  115. jenelle Hameluck says:

    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.

  116. Raju says:

    Air drying laundry

  117. Jenny says:

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

  118. Ken says:

    Hang dry your laundry whenever possible.

  119. Erin says:

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

  120. Jeanne says:

    Air dry my laundry

  121. Daryl says:

    Air dry clothes

  122. Rebecca says:

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

  123. Amy says:

    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.

  124. kevin says:

    make sure the heat is off.

  125. KT says:

    more bbq’s less stove/oven use

  126. Winnie says:

    Hang your clothes outside to dry

  127. Leah says:

    Use a low-flow shower head.

  128. Jennifer says:

    Turn the thermostat down when you leave the house.

  129. Jennifer Till says:

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  130. Denise says:

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

  131. Roberta says:

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

  132. Andrea says:

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

  133. Amy says:

    Hang and Air Dry My Clothes!

  134. Carol says:

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

  135. TY says:

    unplug appliances that are not in use

  136. Amy says:

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

  137. tila says:

    the good ol shower not bath

  138. Stotes says:

    Air dry clothes in the sun.

  139. Dennis says:

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

  140. Angela griffin says:

    Hang laundry outside to dry

  141. Mike Gismondi says:

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

  142. Kelly says:

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

  143. roy says:

    unplug chargers and electronics when not using them

  144. Shaelyn says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, how about going out for a nice walk instead of turning on the wii for a workout!

  145. Sherry says:

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

  146. Melaina says:

    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.

  147. TF says:

    Hang dry your clothes!

  148. Dave Venus says:

    Best energy saving tip: The woman is always right.

    Hang dry laundry ๐Ÿ™‚

  149. Vanessa says:

    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.”

  150. cindy quach says:

    use clothesline instead of dryer

  151. Eileen says:

    Dry your clothes outside in the sun

  152. liz says:

    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.

  153. susie says:

    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.

  154. Deidre says:

    turn off the lights and computers!

  155. Vince says:

    Use the sun to dry clothing

  156. Julia says:

    Unplug the phone chargers

  157. Susan says:

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

  158. JB says:

    Line dry your laundry

  159. Jen LeGrand says:

    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!

  160. mitzi says:

    Dry Line. Walk. BBQ!

  161. wanjikuw says:

    Leave the windows open instead of using air conditioning.

  162. Jonathan says:

    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

  163. Marianne says:

    solar-powered energy for temperature and electricity.

  164. Mimi says:

    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.

  165. Anthony says:

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

  166. Gigi says:

    Walk instead of driving or taking transit!

  167. Peter says:

    keep your lights off

  168. Mary T says:

    Dry your clothes on the line instead of the dryer

  169. Angela Huston says:

    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!

  170. Kathryn says:

    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

  171. Ctelford says:

    Windows open at night and curtains closed during the day.

  172. Sheila says:

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

  173. B.Nelson says:

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

  174. taylor loren says:

    shorter showers for sure!

  175. Sita says:

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

  176. Shaena says:

    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.

  177. Jane B says:

    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.

  178. Kelly says:

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

  179. shelly says:

    try to buy energy star appliances

  180. lisa says:

    turn off your computer before you sleep!

  181. Christina says:

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

  182. Lexie says:

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

  183. Peter says:

    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.

  184. Sue says:

    TRANSIT !!!

  185. Anna says:

    Hanging my clothes out to dry instead of using the dryer ๐Ÿ™‚

  186. janice says:

    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!

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

  188. c says:

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

  189. Bonnie says:

    Unplug all appliances and electronics which are not in use.

  190. FC says:

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

  191. Vishy says:

    Air dry washed clothes

  192. Greg says:

    bicycle to work

  193. Pam says:

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

  194. Pam says:

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

  195. Pam says:

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

  196. Shell says:

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

  197. Natalie says:

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

  198. Leah says:

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

  199. brandon says:

    letting in sunlight instead of using so many lights

  200. Deya C says:

    Air dry laundry and BBQ every day

  201. Jim W. says:

    Walk/bicycle more and unplug unnessary appliances.

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

  203. Kitty says:

    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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