Well-known Canadian author, broadcaster and environmentalist Silver Donald Cameron is partnering with Efficiency Nova Scotia on a province-wide speaking tour to promote the benefits of energy efficiency.
Take Charge! Saving Money, Creating Jobs and Helping the Planet will launched in Truro November 26, also touching down in Stellarton, Sydney, Amherst, Bridgewater, Wolfville, Yarmouth and Halifax over the next three months. Admission is free for all events.
"We're not so much hoping to convert people to energy efficiency as trying to expand what Nova Scotians are already doing," says Cameron. "Nova Scotians are already making huge strides being energy efficient. However, what Nova Scotians may not fully realize, is the huge impact of their energy savings on the environment and the economy."
Since 2008, Nova Scotian businesses and households have saved enough electricity to power 34,000 average homes.
Nova Scotians are leaders in recycling and waste management, Cameron says, and are well on their way to being leaders in energy efficiency too.
"Nova Scotians are naturally thrifty and resourceful. For generations we've made the most of what's available to us. Being resourceful with energy is no different - but what we're seeing now is the huge potential not just for cutting our power and fuel bills, but also for driving a green economy and keeping Nova Scotia clean and beautiful."
Efficiency Nova Scotia CEO Allan Crandlemire notes, "Saving energy - by increasing your efficiency and reducing your consumption - is the lowest cost form of energy out there. It's cheaper than the new renewable energy sources. KiloWatt hours that are never used are kiloWatt hours Nova Scotians never have to buy, piles of coal that are never burned in the power plant and greenhouse gases that never go up the stack."
Crandlemire says the speaking tour partnership between Efficiency Nova Scotia and Silver Donald Cameron is a natural fit.
"Silver Donald Cameron is a highly respected author and environmentalist with the power to engage people, and his Green Interview website reaches thousands of people via the Internet. We wanted to engage Nova Scotians in a vision and a conversation about what's possible if we all use energy better. Silver Donald is uniquely suited to go out into the communities with that message."
For more information, check out Efficiency Nova Scotia's website at www.efficiencyns.ca. Efficiency Nova Scotia, 230 Brownlow Avenue, Suite 300, is an independent corporation responsible for administering electricity and non-electricity efficiency programs on behalf of Nova Scotians.