We work hard to set an example for all Yukoners by using electricity as effectively as possible in our operations. We are also a strong promoter of conservation and efficiency amongst our customers. Here are some of our initiatives aimed at saving energy.
Yukon Energy, with support from ATCO Electric Yukon, offers a territory-wide conservation program called inCharge. It exists to put some power back in your hands, providing electricity-saving rebates and incentives, Yukon-based research, practical tools and simple tips. Our goal is to help Yukoners conserve electricity and take charge of their personal consumption and — through the power of many — Yukon’s consumption as a whole.
While we encourage all Yukoners to conserve electricity where possible, it's important that we take our own advice. As a result of a series of energy audits that we did at our facilities in 2012, we have haven taken significant steps to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings through lighting retrofits. These include:
We are in the process of replacing all our old street lights with energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. We have changed out the street lights in Dawson City and Mayo, and we will soon install LED street lights in the rest of our service areas, including Faro, Champagne and Mendenhall. Switching to LED street lights will mean lower power bills for those rural communities we serve and is a better choice for the environment.
Yukon Energy and the Yukon government's Energy Solutions Centre (ESC) are working together to offer the very popular Fridge Retirement Program. Yukoners wanting to upgrade their old (but still in use) refrigerator to an ENERGY STAR® model can receive $50 towards the cost of the new appliance plus ESC will arrange for the old fridge to be picked up and taken to the landfill. The program even covers the cost of the landfill tipping fee. Since the program started in 2011, more than 800 older inefficient appliances have been retired, resulting in approximately 261,000 kWh in annual energy savings.