Earth Day ? 22 April 2006

Fridge Buy-Back Program

BC Hydro will pickup and recycle your old, inefficient second fridge and give you $30 for it. Refrigerators are one of the highest energy users in your home. If all second operating fridges were recycled in British Columbia, enough energy would be saved to power all the homes in the City of Chilliwack for an entire year. Using environmentally sound methods, BC Hydro will safely recycle the ozone-depleting refrigerant and metal. To arrange for the free pickup of your second working fridge, call 1-866-516-4357.

Analyze My Home

Analyze My Home is an interactive toll that helps you save money by determining where you can save electricity. It?s free to use and only takes about 30 minutes to complete. You can get a personalized report on where you can save energy in your home. To register, log onto www.bchydro.com/powersmart/analyze/analyze20780.html

You will:

Get a breakdown of your energy use by utility type

Learn what it costs to run major appliances in your home

Find out how much your heating system costs to operate

Receive personalized advice on saving energy in your home

Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs)

Remember that twirly-shaped light bulbs that BC Hydro gave out free a couple of years ago? If you haven?t installed them yet, Earth Day would be a great day to make that change. Replacing your standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs will help you save in two ways:

Save money

CFLs last about eight times as long as incandescent bulbs. They only need to be replaced every five to six years.

Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 25-watt CFL will save approximately $40 in electricity over the life of each bulb.

Save the environment

CFLs use about 75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light.

To maximize savings, use CFLs in places where lights are on for long periods of time. Frequent switching on and off will shorten the CFLs life.

Here are some more energy saving tips–things that YOU can do

Turn off lights, television, video games when you aren?t using them

Recycle. Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for 108 minutes?

Wear a sweater on cold days and put extra blankets on your bed at night instead of turning up the heat.

Take quick showers to save hot water

Don?t use hot water if cold or lukewarm will do.

Use the microwave or toaster oven rather than the regular oven

Walk or bike instead of asking for a ride

Hang up your laundry on a clothesline.

Put a dry towel with your wet clothes in the dryer. Your laundry will dry faster!

Don?t use the automatic door at the Mall or other stores.

Use rechargeable batteries. Regular batteries use more energy to make than to use. Non-rechargeable batteries will be collected at the regional Trade Shows (Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd).

These tips and more can be found in the brochure One Tonne Challenge. Other brochures are available on our website, www.prrrdy.com, or contact Tumbler Ridge?s eco-educator, Karen Thomas, at 242-4696.

To learn more ways to celebrate Earth Day, join Karen on Tuesday April 18th at 1 p.m. to learn how to reuse old plastic shopping bags and make a crocheted bag.

The TR Library Club is also having a special Earth Day activity on Wednesday, April 19th.