Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency Program
Get $et to $ave with Hydro’s Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency Program!
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is now in Year 6 of the Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency Program. Launched in 2012, the objective of this program is to provide outreach, education and energy efficient products to the home and business owners in the 42 remote diesel-system communities across Newfoundland and Labrador, free of charge. It has successfully helped these communities save 6 GWh of electricity to date. That’s the same as taking 891 cars off the road for one year.
Following two pilot programs done in 2010 and 2011, Hydro designed a full-scale program. The resulting program included residential and commercial direct installations with a focus on community knowledge building and building capacity in the communities by hiring and training local representatives. These representatives work in their own communities to promote the program, provide useful information on energy use, and install energy efficient products in homes and businesses including low-flow showerheads and aerators, LED lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), smart power strips, and hot water tank and pipe insulation.
To date, the Isolated Systems Energy Efficiency program has been offered in 42 remote diesel communities, installed 80,824 energy efficient products in 5,221 homes and businesses and saved 6 GWh of electricity. Overall, the program has been very successful. It has increased local knowledge on energy efficiency and provided employment for over 55 local residents.