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Switching off the lights

/ Calgary

ENMAX empowers Albertans to take control of energy use with My Energy IQ™ 

Calgary, Alta. – ENMAX is reminding Calgarians to turn off non-essential lights and power down excess electrical equipment this Saturday, March 19 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. for Earth Hour. This year, ENMAX Energy customers may want to take advantage of the new personalized energy-savings tool, My Energy IQ™, to move from one hour of symbolic involvement to attainable year-round commitment. The program, an Alberta first, features dynamic and practical tools to make smarter energy choices.

Celebrating its tenth year, Earth Hour is a worldwide, grassroots event held every March. Organized by the World Wildlife Federation, it encourages people to turn off lights and reduce electricity use for one hour in an effort to bring attention to climate change and sustainability efforts.

As in past years, ENMAX will monitor Calgary's electrical use immediately before, during and after the hour to determine what – if any – changes were made.

Earth Hour tips:

  • Turn off non-essential lights – more than 10 per cent of an average home's electricity costs are from lighting.
  • Use sensors or timers — if you or a family member can't remember to turn off lights, sensors and timers can help you save.
  • Switch to compact florescent and LED lighting – even though we use our lights more in winter, these can help lessen consumption.
  • Spotlight your work spaces – using a kitchen counter light, or a small lamp to read, brings better light to the task and saves energy.
  • Use motion detectors outdoors – motion sensors can significantly reduce energy used by outdoor lights without compromising security or style.
  • Use power bars – turn off one switch to simultaneously power down several electrical items.
  • Lower the temperature – furnaces run more frequently when the temperature is set higher and even though it is fuelled by natural gas, electricity is still used to run the unit.


ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with offices in Edmonton. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse electricity generation facilities throughout the province. Since 2007, ENMAX has been named one of Alberta's Top Employers. ENMAX Energy is currently the retailer of choice for both The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton.

You can choose any retailer listed at www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or at 310-4822. Electricity delivery to your home or business isn't affected by your choice of retailer.


Media only contact:

Doris Kaufmann Woodcock, Senior Media Relations Advisor, ENMAX Corporation
403.689.6150 (media line) mediaroom@enmax.com / www.enmax.com / @ENMAX

Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).