THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay residents are definitely doing more to save on energy – that is the message from Thunder Bay Hydro. The results of this year’s Turn Over a New Leaf Challenge clearly show that individuals and families are changing to better living practices in an effort to reduce their energy consumption.
Thunder Bay Hydro has announced the winner of its Turn Over a New Leaf contest, which was launched this past August to challenge local families to use energy wisely and start taking action to save energy at home.
“We couldn’t be more impressed by the efforts of Thunder Bay families to turn over a new leaf and save on energy,” stated Jake Allen, Energy Services Advisor of Thunder Bay Hydro.
“The entries to our contest show that people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures are taking energy conservation very seriously by changing out inefficient lighting, replacing old appliances and generally practicing better habits like turning off electrical equipment when it’s not in use. Our judges struggled to pick just one contest winner.”
The Lawson family was selected as the ultimate contest winner. The family will receive a brand new ENERGY STAR® washer and dryer in time for the holidays. Allen comments, “The Lawson family really impressed our judges with their creativity and the way they engaged the whole family in turning over a new leaf. They were honest about the areas of weakness in their household and genuine in their commitment to do more. Their submission also demonstrated that the family’s children really understood the principles of good energy conservation.”
The Lawson family states, “As a family we decided to complete this project together. We thought it would be a good idea for everyone to increase awareness about how we are using energy as a family, share ideas about how we can use less energy, and decide whether the things we are doing in our home now is positive or negative. We created our own scrap book to show our story.”
Although the Turn Over a New Leaf Challenge has come to a close, Thunder Bay Hydro reminds local residents that there is a need to save energy year round.