Earth Hour 

The purpose of Earth Hour is to raise awareness about climate change and demonstrate how small individual actions, taken together, can make a difference. Use YOUR power to create change.

Thank you to everyone who made effort to reduce their energy consumtion. Alectra Utilities has reported that in 2018, St. Catharines has reduced energy use by 14,497,387 kWh; enough to power 1611 homes for a year.

 Earth Hour winners

Congratulations Tasha, Susitieng, and Alberta5: You’ve been selected to receive our Earth Hour prize pack. We will email you with more details. Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun on and who powered down for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28.

Making small changes, like switching lights when you leave a room, using more energy efficient appliances and uplugging devices when not in use, can have a big impact. Alectra Utilities reports that in 2018, St. Catharines reduced energy use by 14,497,387 kWh. That’s enough energy to power 1,611 homes for a year.

Everyday Energy Conservation

Listed below are several different ways you can join the effort with the City of St. Catharines and help make an impact on the daily:

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  • Turn down your thermostat in the winter and up in the summer so your furnace runs less.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Change your furnace filter. Furnace filters should be changed regularly (every 2-4 months) to prevent dust build up that makes your furnace run harder and use more energy. 
  • Use cold water the do laundry. Up to 90% of energy used to do a load of laundry is for heating the water. Using cold water you can reduce energy consumption by up to 5 times.
  • Change a few light bulbs in your home to LED lights. LED lights use 75% less energy then a incandescent light bulb and provides much more light.
  • Take a shorter shower. Time yourself in the shower and however many minutes your shower takes multiply that by 7.  That number is approximately how many litres of water you used. 



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