Congratulations Medicine Hat and area on making the Power Down Challenge a success!!
In total, 349 participating households used 81,566 kWh, or 22.8%, less electricity in July 2018 than in July 2017 - an average of 233.7 kWh per household.
Collectively, participants saved approximately 38 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released. This is the equivalent of taking 8 cars off the road for one year or the annual consumption of 10 residential houses!
All prizes were awarded in the form of City of Medicine Hat ("CMH") Gift Cards.Winners:
- Grand Prize: Cam Clark, $750
- Second Place: Sofia Bailey, $500
- Third Place: Charles Gruning, $250
- Brayden Bertsch
- Milo White
- LesleyAnn Collins
- Colin Davies
- Vicki Edel
- Susan Sehn
- Melinda/Peter Bensler
- Mackenzie Johnson
- Rod Evans
- Phil Bosch
Recognition goes to the residents of North East Crescent Heights for having the highest number of participants and to Cypress County for the greatest reduction in electricity.
We've asked participants to tell us what steps they took to reduce their consumption. Here's what they had to say:
We have a family of 6, my wife and me plus four kids ranging from 12 to 20 years of age. We also have frequent guests and exchange students staying with us. Our home and family typically use quite a lot of energy.
We are the Grubert family! We have four boys and a golden lab. To reduce energy this month, we did not use our air conditioner at all! We spent time outdoors in the morning and at night and played inside in the basement during the afternoon. We also did not run our dryer at all this month! We typically wash and dry a couple loads of laundry every day, so this was a huge challenge for us! The air conditioner and dryer are our house's highest energy draw, so that is why we chose to reduce energy there!
|We turned off the power to three yard lights, I never used my dishwasher (which I really don’t like any how I just use it for the convenience) I never used the oven and the clothes dryer. We changed all of our light bulbs to LED as well. And we tried to use as much daylight as possible.
Hi there, we had taken our outside lights off of a timer and used a manual remote switch for when we wanted them on. The other thing we did was reduce the A/C use as much as possible even though this was a hot month. We made sure that most electronics were unplugged and have also changed all light fixtures over the last year to LED.
Scott and Bob
Some of the things I did were: unplug appliances, phones and computers. I did not turn on lights and used more natural light. I also used fans to cool the house instead of AC all the time.
I just open everything up/windows before I go to bed with a couple fans moving air around in my Mobile home. In the morning before I go to work at 7am, I would close all windows and curtains. I have a couple ceiling fans on summer spin, and some large oscillating fans moving air around. I also close doors where rooms were not being used. I have a dog and cat so on real hot days AC (window) in living room is put on. A fan moves the cold air farther down in the trailer. I also have a Dehumidifier which makes a world of difference. Humidity makes it hot and sticky but when it runs it makes a big difference. I also UNPLUG what I am not using, use the proper light bulbs and have Energy Efficient appliances. The hot water tank is on medium/low. I hang my laundry out on my spinning clothes line. Love the Fresh smell when I go to bed. Do this All Summer!! So that is how I do it, to be Energy Efficient.