FortisAlberta makes generous donation PDF Print
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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:42

People in southeast Alberta who are curious how much energy appliance, computer equipment and other electrical devices are using in their household now have access to a power monitor.

Last month, FortisAlberta donated 13 power monitors to libraries in the Shortgrass Library System that people can sign out and learn how much energy is being used around their homes.

“This is part of our Energy Your Way program that we started last year after hearing very clearly from our customers who wanted to find ways to save energy,” said Joanne Byers, communications advisor for FortisAlberta.

“With the power monitors, people can go to their library, sign them out and get a really good idea about how much power they are using,” she added.

The power monitors are now available at the Redcliff Public Library, Bow Island Municipal Library, Foremost Municipal Library, Medicine Hat Public Library and other libraries within the Shortgrass Library System.

In 2010, a pilot program for the power monitor program was done at libraries in Black Diamond, Okotoks, Airdrie, Beiseker, and Cremona, as well as the town office in Carstairs. To date, FortisAlberta has donated power monitors to more than 200 libraries in their service area in the province.

“The first power monitors have now been in circulation for several months. According to librarians, the public is excited about the availability of these devices and demand has been high,” said Joelle Lamontagne, program manager of energy efficiency for FortisAlberta.

“FortisAlberta wants to help our customers cut down on their electricity costs. By making power monitors available to customers through their local libraries, they can use them for free to identify the appliances that are using the most electricity and costing them the most money,” Lamontagne added.

A brief video demonstrating the devices can be found online at:

FortisAlberta is also inviting its customers to submit 300-500 word stories about how to win an energy efficient prize and have their story posted on their website at


Photo info: L-R: Tracy Weinrauch, Library Manager, Redcliff Public Library, and Petra Mauerhoff, CEO, Shortgrass Library System, accept a power monitor from FortisAlberta’s Joelle Lamontagne, Program Manager, Energy Efficiency.



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