Familiar & new faces among 2017 Energy Star Canada award winners
By Anthony Capkun
July 19, 2017 – Several electrical players—both familiar and new—can be found among this year’s Energy Star Canada award winners: Conglom Inc., Hydro One, Manitoba Hydro, Philips Lighting Canada and Saint John Energy. Congratulations!
“We need to make more conscious choices when it comes to our energy consumption. The Energy Star Canada program and its participants have been very successful in helping Canadians do just that,” said Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, in announcing the winners.
Conglom Inc. (Manufacturer of the Year, Lighting)
• This is Conglom Inc.’s first Energy Star award.
It is perhaps known best for its Luminus lighting brand. In 2016, Conglom increased its offering of Luminus Energy Star-certified LED models by 52%, and partnered with Dollarama, Rona and NS Power on the promotion of Energy Star-certified Luminus LED products.
Hydro One (Utility of the Year, Regional)
• This is Hydro One’s first Energy Star award.
In 2016, the utility achieved sales of 3,411,185 coupon units, delivering savings of more than 53.41 GW, exceeding 2016 targets for coupon savings by 147%. It promoted Energy Star-certified products in Ontario-wide marketing campaigns, including print, digital, social media, radio and 66 in-store events. The utility distributed 735,000 booklets, including coupons, in 90 community newspapers, and launched a new program for small businesses promoting Energy Star lighting.
Manitoba Hydro (Utility of the Year, Provincial AND Promotional Campaign of the Year)
• Manitoba Hydro has won seven Energy Star awards: Promotional Campaign of the Year (2005, 2015, 2017); Utility of the Year, Provincial (2006, 2016, 2017); Participant of the Year (2010).
In 2016, the utility launched spring and fall retailer rebate campaigns, providing incentives for a variety of Energy Star-certified products, achieving in-year energy and demand savings of 9.91 GWh. It became the first Canadian utility to create a program to automatically upload historical and ongoing energy consumption data into the Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool and offer this free service to the public. It also launched the Manitoba Race to Reduce initiative and Power Smart LED education campaign, and expanded the Power Smart Shops program. Manitoba Hydro’s “Savings in Every Corner” campaign provided homeowners with rebates on Energy Star-certified products at 160 participating retailer locations throughout the province.
Philips Lighting Canada (New Recruit of the Year)
• This is Philips Lighting Canada’s first Energy Star award.
In 2016, Philips had more than 200 Energy Star-approved products available through distributors and major retailers across Canada. It launched an Energy Star-certified bulb in Canada that offers three different lighting options, and participated in consumer outreach by sharing information on Energy Star lighting through community events, social media, point of purchase materials, print advertising and its website.
Saint John Energy (“Most Efficient” Promoter of the Year)
• This is Saint John Energy’s first Energy Star award.
In 2016, the utility launched an Energy Star Most-Efficient promotional campaign using Twitter, its website and on-bill advertising, to promote a mini split ductless heat pump rental program—the first of its kind in Canada.
Energy Star Canada is a voluntary partnership between the Government of Canada and more than 1500 organizations that manufacture, sell or promote Energy Star-certified products and homes. The program is administered and promoted by NRCan (Natural Resources Canada).