PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc.

September 22, 2007 16:31 ET

Everyone Wins at PowerStream's Refrigerator Roundup Challenge

Utility donates energy-efficient appliances to local hospital organizations

YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2007) - Three York Region hospital organizations were grateful recipients of new energy-efficient refrigerators, following the participation of senior management representatives in an event held Saturday at the Kortright Centre at the Living City Campus by their local electricity utility to help promote a conservation program.

PowerStream, a company which provides electricity distribution services to homes and businesses in Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan, hosted an event entitled The Great Refrigerator Roundup Hospital Challenge as part of its sponsorship of the Green Energy Home Show which is being held this weekend at the Kortright Centre. The PowerStream event featured senior hospital officials participating in a contest whereby each was asked to guess the difference in annual electricity consumption (in kilowatt-hours) between a modern energy-efficient refrigerator and an old "energy hog" unit.

The hospital organizations were represented by Angelo Baldassarra, Vice Chair, Vaughan Health Care Foundation; Bill Leacy, President and CEO, York Central Hospital Foundation and Pat Shaw, Vice President, Public Relations and Advocacy, Markham Stouffville Hospital. Joyce Frustaglio, Vaughan Regional Councillor and a member of PowerStream's Board of Directors, presided over the contest as Master of Ceremony.

Originally, only the hospital official whose guess was closest to the correct figure without going over was supposed to win the energy-efficient fridge for their organization. However, after the contest ended it was decided that all three hospitals would be awarded the same appliance.

"We held this event to help promote the continuance of the Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Great Refrigerator Roundup Program in our service territory," explained Patrick Guran, PowerStream's Chief Energy Conservation Officer. "The willingness of all three hospitals to participate in today's event is indicative of their support for our conservation efforts and should be awarded accordingly."

The Great Refrigerator Roundup is a conservation program designed to remove older, inefficient fridges, freezers and room air conditioners from the electricity system. Generally, these older secondary appliances, located in basements or garages, are plugged in but rarely used. On average, these older units use two to three times more electricity than newer appliances.

To qualify for the program, refrigerators and freezers must be at least 10 years old, 10 cubic feet or larger, and plugged in and working at the time of pick-up. They must also be located at a single-family residence (including townhouses, duplexes, triplexes or fourplex buildings). Consumers can get additional information or book an appointment for a pick-up by visiting www.everykilowattcounts.com/roundup or contacting the OPA customer care centre at 1-877-797-9473.

The participating hospital organizations in Saturday's hospital challenge event will each be receiving an Energy Star® General Electric refrigerator which retails for approximately $800.00.

The Green Energy Home Show is a specialized two day event for home and business owners interested in sustainable energy and green building solutions. The event is hosted at the Kortright at The Living City Campus and features workshops, tours, demonstrations, guest speakers as well as indoor and outdoor green vendor exhibits. For more information about the Green Energy Home Show call customer service at 416-667-6295.

About PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc. is the third largest local electricity distribution company in Ontario, providing service to more than 233,000 residential and business customers in the municipalities of Aurora, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. It is an incorporated entity, jointly owned by the City of Vaughan and the Town of Markham.

About the Ontario Power Authority

In pursuit of its mandate of ensuring an adequate, long-term supply of electricity for Ontario, the OPA creates and implements conservation and demand management programs, ensures adequate investment in new supply infrastructure, performs long-term electricity system planning, and facilitates the development of a more sustainable and competitive electricity system

Contact Information

  • PowerStream Inc.
    Eric Fagen
    Corporate Communications Manager
    (905) 417-6910
    Media Line (24/7): (905) 417-6937
    Email: eric.fagen@powerstream.ca