June 29, 2010

The Gulf oil spill is sending us a message

What do the Gulf oil spill and coal power in Ontario have in common? They are both symptoms of our addiction to fossil fuels that are fuelling climate change and smog and destroying ecosystems. But we don’t have to watch helplessly as disasters like the Gulf oil spill unfold. Instead, by acting to reduce our own energy use, we can help point the way to a cleaner and greener future.

One incredibly simple first step is to make sure your central air conditioner is enrolled in your electric utility’s peaksaver® program. By allowing your electric utility to briefly adjust your air conditioner during times of peak electricity demand, you’ll help avoid the need to burn coal on some of our worst air quality days — and you likely won’t feel a difference in the comfort of your home. (Click here for information on enrolling.)

Enrol in peaksaver or take other actions to reduce your peak electricity use if you don’t have central A/c and you could win a $1,000 getaway to a luxury inn or one of a dozen $200 gift cards for MEC outdoor gear, FutureShop electronics or Indigo Books & Music. Enter our PeakBusters contest today – our early bird draw takes place on July 5th!

Today, just roughly 10% of eligible Ontario homes are enrolled in peaksaver. We can do a lot better! Tell your friends, families and neighbours that they can give the planet a break with one smart phone call or email to their local electric utility. And let them know about the PeakBusters contest – if they sign up, you’ll receive an extra ballot in the draw.

Thanks for reducing your energy demand, and good luck in the contest!

Special bulletin: Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/peakbusters where we will be announcing special snap draws on air quality alert days for $50 gift cards!

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Thank you,

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246

angela@cleanairalliance.org

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 P.S.  Interested in volunteering for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance?  Please contact me at Angela@cleanairalliance.org.