PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc.

February 26, 2008 12:44 ET

Small Aurora Business Plays Big Role in Conservation

PowerStream and OPA recognize True Value Hardware owner Michael Evans

YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2008) - Efforts made this past year by local Auroran and True Value Hardware owner, Michael Evans to reduce his business's electricity use earned him recognition today from PowerStream and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).

As one of 90 business owners in PowerStream's service territory that participated in the OPA-sponsored No Catch to Conserve pilot program (the program is also known as the "Small Commercial Direct Install Program"), Evans was able to reduce his business's monthly electricity consumption by approximately 30 to 40 per cent. This achievement and his demonstrated commitment to conservation was formally recognized by Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer, Peter Love, who presented Evans with a Certificate of Recognition for Conservation in a ceremony held near the True Value Hardware store location.

In the summer of 2007, PowerStream and the OPA launched the No Catch to Conserve pilot program, which provided free energy efficiency assessments and upgrades to local small businesses. Eligible businesses received up to $1,000 in upgrades to help cut their electricity costs, reduce energy demand in their community, and help contribute to a cleaner environment. For the initial pilot, PowerStream partnered with the Ontario Power Authority, Markham Energy Conservation Office and Enbridge Gas Distribution. Green$aver was selected to implement the program.

"The initiative shown by Mike Evans demonstrates how business owners can participate and help build a culture of conservation in Ontario," said Brian Bentz, PowerStream President & CEO. "Conservation programs like No Catch to Conserve continue to provide our customers with the tools to manage their electricity consumption and ultimately save money."

Through program support provided by PowerStream, the OPA and Green$aver, Aurora True Value Hardware installed $1,886.00 in energy efficient upgrades. These changes included upgrading the old fluorescent lighting system to higher efficiency units as well as wrapping the water heater and hot water supply piping with thermal blankets. The upgrades have resulted in total projected savings of 11,228 kilowatt hours per year or enough electricity to power one average sized home for one year.

"Conserving energy in Ontario is one of the most important measures a business can carry out to ensure a sustainable future for our province and its economy," said Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer. "By adopting new energy-saving technologies, Aurora True Value Hardware has realized a significant energy reduction and lowered long-term operating costs."

For the past 34 years, Michael Evans and his wife Lorraine have owned and operated Aurora True Value Hardware. Each year their business participates in the Every Kilowatt Counts program by accepting the OPA discount coupons on energy-efficient products purchased in their store. The Evans carry a variety of electricity-saving products including: water heater blankets, compact fluorescent lights, programmable thermostats, seasonal LED light strings and timers.

PowerStream and the OPA are about to launch phase two of the No Catch to Conserve pilot program which will target food service businesses in Aurora and provide up to $2,000 in free energy efficiency upgrades. This pilot is limited and being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Food service businesses in Aurora interested in participating are asked to call 1-877-963-6900.

PowerStream Inc.

PowerStream Inc. is one of the largest local electricity distribution companies in Ontario, providing service to more than 237,000 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.

Ontario Power Authority (OPA)

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.


Green$aver is an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to environmental energy efficiency. Green$aver pioneered residential energy conservation in Ontario over 25 years ago and has a successful history of performing both economically viable and environmentally friendly measures to help individuals and organizations with their energy needs. Green$aver has helped over 25,000 households in the Toronto area improve their home comfort, lower their energy bills and increase the resale value of their homes, while improving the environment and the world we live in.

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