Energy efficiency produces big results for Nova Scotia in 2015

BY Monica MacLean

 

(Dartmouth, NS)

Nova Scotians continue to lead the way in saving energy. Their actions reduced Nova Scotia’s electricity use by an additional 1.2 per cent last year, preventing over 89,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.

“Thanks to actions Nova Scotians have taken – big and small – we’re fighting climate change while collectively saving $110 million on power bills this year,” says Stephen MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer of EfficiencyOne, the non-profit operator of the Efficiency Nova Scotia franchise. “These savings are expected to grow to more than $180 million by 2020.”

Thanks to actions Nova Scotians have taken – big and small – we’re fighting climate change while collectively saving $110 million on power bills this year.

EfficiencyOne’s 2015 Annual Report, released today, shows the organization achieved its UARB-mandated energy-saving targets for the fourth year in a row, and it did so on budget.

Over 1,000 Nova Scotians now work in the energy efficiency industry full-time, and that number is expected to grow. In 2015, Efficiency Nova Scotia worked with over 100 local partners to complete more than 30,000 energy efficiency projects.

One of those projects involved GoodLeaf Farms, in Bible Hill. The new business requires special lighting to grow indoor leafy greens, like spinach and lettuce, and is now saving $37,000 a year after switching to energy efficient LEDs.

“Our technology is on the cutting edge of plant science,” says Greg Veinott, manager of business development at GoodLeaf Farms. “It was great to have a group that was able to work with us on an individual basis and understand what we were trying to accomplish.”

Efficiency Nova Scotia also helped over 1,300 income-qualified homeowners lower their energy bills and live more comfortably in their homes through its HomeWarming service. This work is funded by the Province of Nova Scotia as part of a long-term plan to upgrade all low-income homes in Nova Scotia over the next 10 years.

More customer stories and highlights can be found online at www.efficiencyone.ca/2015.

 

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Nova Scotians reduced their electricity use by an additional 1.2 per cent in 2015.

According to EfficiencyOne’s Annual Report, released today, this prevented more than 89,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.

The non-profit operator of the Efficiency Nova Scotia franchise achieved its energy-saving target, mandated by the Utility and Review Board, for the fourth year in a row. It also remained on budget.

Nova Scotians are saving $110 million annually on power bills. Chief Executive Officer, Stephen MacDonald, says these savings are expected to grow to $180 million by 2020.

EfficiencyOne is an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and the operator of the Efficiency Nova Scotia franchise. Efficiency Nova Scotia has helped more than 225,000 program participants complete energy efficiency projects, saving $110 million on power bills in 2016 alone and preventing the release of 590,000 tonnes of GHG emissions annually.

 

For more information contact:
Monica MacLean
Communications Lead, EfficiencyOne
902-470-9513, mmaclean@efficiencyns.ca
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