PEDAL POWER proves small changes CAN make a difference!

St. John’s Mayor, Dennis O’Keefe, and Mount Pearl Mayor, Randy Simms, joined representatives from the takeCHARGE energy efficiency partnership between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) at the Avalon Mall today to showcase the newest rebate program.

For a limited time only (promotion ends June 30th), takeCHARGE is offering instant rebates on select energy efficient products, such as light bulbs, power strips, motion sensors, and more, to all electricity consumers in the province (at participating retailers).

The takeCHARGE team offered passers-by the opportunity to experience the difference between traditional and energy efficient products for themselves. By pedaling a stationary bike connected to a light emitting diode (LED) light bulb as well as a more traditional, incandescent light bulb, participants could physically feel how much harder it was to power the traditional bulb. An LED uses 80% less energy, and lasts at least 15 times longer, than a traditional incandescent, and saving energy means saving money! Mayor O’Keefe and Mayor Simms used their own pedal power to light the bulbs and were able to feel the difference in the energy burn (see picture attached).

“We are pleased to be able to offer this newest addition to the takeCHARGE suite of rebate programs which offers customers easy ways to make small changes now that will result in recurring savings that add up in the long run,” said Gary Smith, Vice President, Customer Operations and Engineering, Newfoundland Power. “I encourage all electricity users to avail of the program and get in on the savings.”

“Simple, everyday actions from changing a light bulb to using dimmer switches and motion sensors not only make a big difference in terms of cost and energy savings but it means you are doing your part to protect our environment,” added Rob Henderson, Vice President, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

takeCHARGE is a joint initiative between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro that is aimed at providing Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with information, tools and programs to assist them in using energy wisely. It is intended to encourage consumers to take charge and take action in their own homes and businesses to reduce the energy they use and save money. For more information visit