Efficiency NB

New TV series teaches homeowners how to save money by cutting energy use (09/01/14)

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Jan. 14, 2009

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A new television series produced by Rogers TV was developed through an innovative partnership between Efficiency NB and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick to help New Brunswick homeowners better understand how to save on their energy costs by making their homes more energy efficient.

"$ave this House" is a six-part series that will be broadcast in both English and French, beginning this week. Episodes address the basics of energy-efficient renovations, and offer advice to homeowners on how to conserve energy and minimize heat loss. The series is co-hosted by representatives from Efficiency NB and the Conservation Council.

"We saw this as an exciting and important opportunity to be able to reach homeowners in every part of the province with the information and advice they need to start making their homes more energy efficient," said Efficiency NB President and CEO Elizabeth Weir. "Being able to show homeowners the common areas for heat loss in their homes, and provide expert advice on measures to fix the problems, is of immense value. As the old saying goes: a picture is worth a thousand words."

The series begins by explaining what a home-energy evaluation consists of, and how to arrange for one. An evaluation is the first step toward getting the advice and financial incentives offered by Efficiency NB for homeowners to do energy-efficient upgrades. The show also explains what to look for when buying energy-efficient appliances.

Later episodes deal with basements, attics, walls, windows, doors and ventilation, heating systems, lighting, and reducing water consumption. Co-hosts will also share information on how to get grants and web-based resources, and will discuss new trends in energy efficiency.

"Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is one of the most effective actions that New Brunswickers can take to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions," said Julie Michaud, climate action co-ordinator and co-host of the series. "Retrofitting your home to make it more energy efficient will make your home more comfortable, and help save the environment."

"$ave this House" will run on Rogers TV, cable 10, throughout the province. For a list of show times, viewers should check their local listings, or visit the Efficiency NB website.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Tracey Somers, Efficiency NB, 506-643-2860, tracey.somers@gnb.ca; Julie Michaud, climate action co-ordinator, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, 506-458-8747, efficiency@conservationcouncil.ca; Scott Jackson, regional station manager, Rogers TV - New Brunswick, 506- 462-3680, scott.jackson@rci.rogers.com.

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