Each year, ENERGY STAR Canada recognizes organizations who have demonstrated particular excellence. The awards recognize manufacturers, retailers and utilities that have demonstrated excellence in offering Canadian consumers the most energy-efficient products and technology available on the market. Award winners earn the prized recognition of being the best in their class—and use of a special ENERGY STAR winner’s symbol.
This year, Natural Resources Canada recognized takeCHARGE, a joint partnership between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro), with two of those awards:
- Utility program of the year – 2020
- Promotional campaign of the year – 2020
Utility Program of the Year
takeCHARGE was recognized for its Instant Rebate Program which offers customers rebates on energy efficient items through participating retailers. Over 3 million instant rebates have been provided on items such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs. The program has helped customers save over 60 GWh collectively which is equivalent to taking 2,677 electrically heated homes off the electricity grid.
The next Instant Rebate campaign, from September 18th to November 18th will give customers another chance to save energy and money with low-cost energy efficient upgrades.
Promotional Campaign of the Year
The Utilities promoted the benefits of ENERGY STAR to customers through a range of initiatives. Through the Make the Switch LED bulb giveaway, takeCHARGE provided 5,000 ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs to 25 non-profit organizations and charities across the province. Newfoundland Power and Hydro staff presented to over 3,000 students about energy conservation and ENERGY STAR certified products.
“It’s important for us to act as energy advisors for our customers, helping homeowners and businesses manage their electricity costs,” says Stephanie Daley, Manager of Energy Conservation with Newfoundland Power. “The ENERGY STAR brand helps our customers make decisions on how to make their homes and facilities more energy efficient.”
“We’re very proud to receive these awards and would like to extend congratulations to all the other winners,” says Carl Bishop, Manager of Customer Care and Energy Efficiency, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. “We’re committed to helping our customers save energy and money, and building awareness about ENERGY STAR products helps do just that.”
takeCHARGE is a joint initiative between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro that combines the expertise and customer reach of Newfoundland and Labrador’s two electricity utilities. With more than 50,000 program participants, the takeCHARGE partnership works to bring energy efficiency awareness and rebate programs to everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador.
For more information about the ENERGY STAR Canada Awards and the list of all of the other winners, visit their website.