Kamloops residents join conservation initiative

More than 6,000 Kamloops residents have joined Team Power Smart and committed to reduce their electricity consumption by 10 per cent – ranking the community fifth provincewide for total sign ups. And with only two months left before the start of the 2010 Winter Games, BC Hydro is making it even more fun to join.

BC Hydro is trying to recruit thousands of British Columbians to the team to show the world during the 2010 Winter Games, how committed to conservation British Columbians are. So far approximately 175,000 people have signed up.

Team Power Smart members are asked to commit to an electricity conservation target of 10 per cent. They can develop a conservation game plan online, track their progress towards their goal and compare how they are doing with similar households.

BC Hydro also offers exclusive member benefits and rewards, including rebates on energy efficient products and special contests. Account holders who reduce their consumption by 10 per cent over a year also receive a $75 reward. In addition, all team members are entered into a draw to win tickets to the 2010 Winter Games and during December and January, members have a chance at winning tickets to the men’s gold medal ice hockey game.

“Team Power Smart makes electricity conservation easy,” said Lisa Coltart, executive director of Power Smart and Customer Care for BC Hydro. “Team members are equipped with information, inspiration and exclusive discounts to help them meet their conservation goals. All British Columbians have to do is take that first step and sign up.

BC Hydro is working to create a conservation culture in B.C., where conservation is a way of life and a way of doing business, added Coltart. “Through Team Power Smart our customers will learn the simple behaviours that will lead to an energy-efficient lifestyle.”

If 210,000 British Columbians join Team Power Smart and reduce their electricity use by 10 per cent, the electricity saved would be more than the amount required to power the entire 2010 Winter Games. To join the team, visit www.bchydro.com.

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