National Sweater Day (and a giveaway!)

I love sweaters, and I love energy conservation, so I find it really fun to be partnering with World Wildlife Fund to help spread awareness about National Sweater Day. This initiative encourages everyone to turn down their thermostats and put on a sweater to save energy on February 9. It’s a fun initiative meant to show support for energy conservation.

On Feb 9th, put on your favourite sweater and turn the heat down a few degrees to help WWF
take action against climate change, and work toward a sustainable future. By rethinking how we use energy and how much we use, we can make a big impact on climate change. If every Canadian lowered the heat a few degrees this winter, it’d be like taking 300,000 vehicles off the road! So wear that sweater and make the world a better place for your Grandchildren.

I have 3 (three) Joe Fresh sweaters for giveaway to celebrate National Sweater Day. All you need to do is give me one quick tip on energy conservation on this post, and for a total of 2 entries, you can also tweet the following:

Shared an energy conservation tip with @hummingbird604 to enter to win a sweater for #NSD2012 http://is.gd/06jLlw

You can also call on February 9th and talk to a granny to do your pledge! How fun! Check out the promo video, which is really funny.

On Feb 9th, WWF wants you to lower your heat and wear a sweater to show you’re taking action against climate change. To make sure you put one on, Grannies are standing by to personally call and remind you. Pledge your support and book a call now.

Some facts on energy conservation that WWF sent me:

Residential heating produces about 44 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per yearIf every Canadian turned down their thermostat by two degrees each winter, 2.2 megatonnes of carbon dioxide could be saved every year – the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road60 per cent of energy goes to heating and cooling homes, most of it from fossil fuels

I will draw 3 winners of the Joe Fresh sweaters on Thursday February 9th, at 4pm. So, keep those energy conservation tips coming!

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Comments (31)

DanielFebruary 6th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Turn off lights when not in use.

Skye DonaldFebruary 6th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Raul, your contests rock. I don’t really need a sweater, and I feel bad about entering another one of your contests after having won one in December, but I love your contest posts so much, I just have to comment!

For National Sweater Day, I’m going to start knitting a sweater, probably a wool/alpaca blend.

My energy savings tip? Don’t convert from a wood-fueled hot water boiler system to an electric one (like the previous owners of this house did just before we bought it)! Okay, maybe not applicable to everyone. How about this one: hand wash dishes & clothing whenever possible & hang or let drip to dry. Crystal, silver and fine china shouldn’t get tossed in the dishwasher and dried on high heat, anyway. Almost any garment will last longer if you hand wash, too. You don’t have to hand-wash ALL the time, just when you don’t have a full load or when you have the time.
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Yuri ArtibiseFebruary 6th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Leave your car at home, or better yet sell it. The amount of energy that goes into not only the car itself, but also infrastructure and maintenance (including roads, parking lots and garages), safety enforcement, accidents/hospitals, etc all because our obsession with cars is huge.
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Ian YFebruary 6th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Take quick showers and tell others that take forever in there to stop playing with the rubber duckies!!!

RachelFebruary 6th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Enjoy the relaxation of candles instead of keeping so many lights on…especially in the evening.

JonnieFebruary 6th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Wearing slippers is a great way to conserve energy. Cold feet make your whole body cold. When my whole family has slippers on, the heat can be down a few degrees without any of us noticing.
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JeffFebruary 6th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Turn off your heat. It’s really not necessary.

DeidreFebruary 7th, 2012 at 8:53 am

Wear a sweater in the house!

jen gerschFebruary 7th, 2012 at 9:40 am

Unplug appliances you are not using, turnoff lights to rooms you are not using turn thermostat to 565 degrees and bundle up

SanazFebruary 7th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Turn off the heat and any other appliances while not in use

ReneeFebruary 7th, 2012 at 11:46 am

Remember to unplug chargers when not in used. It’s so easy to forget to do this when you’re running out the door and just yank your phone/tablet/other mobile device from the charger, but not doing so is using power for absolutely nothing for an entire day.

DianaFebruary 7th, 2012 at 11:59 am

Great contest! Although I have to say at this very moment I am absolutely freezing at my non-heated office – I sure could use a sweater! I am guzzling hot tea for most of the day to keep warm, and cozy up to a space heater.

My energy tip is to walk or cycle as much as possible. I live by this and love it! Not only is it great for the environment, but it’s fantastic exercise and you can really enjoy all the beauty Vancouver has to offer. I never tire of being outside in this city, even when it’s a little rainy.

EmilyFebruary 7th, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Turn off the heat when away from your home for extended periods of time…even a few hours! Saves energy and your wallet. And hey, put on a sweater and leave if off when you get home!

Voula MartinFebruary 7th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Shower with someone special to save water and the energy required to heat the water. ;)
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JennyFebruary 7th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Turn down the heat when you are sleeping and off when you are away from home.

EmmyFebruary 7th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Turn off the lights in the rooms nobody is in:)

JanFebruary 7th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Leave all the individually packed food items in the store, and buy the larger containers to divide in reusable containers at home.

Amy MFebruary 7th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

An energy saving tip is to be aware of phantom power usage. Unplug all electrical devices that really don’t need to be plugged in. They are drawing power even if they are not in use!

Grace MFebruary 7th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

An energy saving tip would be to only crank up the thermostat when you’re in the house!! Everyone of my friends have it on even when they’re out for the day! No such point!!!

StevenFebruary 7th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Wear more clothing in the house!!! Don’t sleep naked and the electricity bill would go down!!! hahaha

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CarolFebruary 8th, 2012 at 8:13 am

Put on more layers of clothing in the house and turn the heat way down. Turn your oven off before you are completely finished baking something. The heat in the oven will finish the cooking.

VinceFebruary 8th, 2012 at 9:42 am

Unplug your phone/computer/battery chargers when not in use!

JuliaFebruary 8th, 2012 at 9:44 am

Wash your laundry in cold water

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TraceyFebruary 8th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Hang your laundry to dry. It will save energy AND help your clothes last longer. Plus sheets hung outside on the line in summer smell so fresh.

StevenFebruary 8th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I always always dry my clothes on the drying rack. Not only does this reduce electricity consumption, it doesn’t shrink your clothes!! Win-win situation for both!!! I should rephrase that. My WIFE always dries my clothes on the drying rack :D hahaha

kyle lichtenwaldFebruary 9th, 2012 at 10:05 am

out here in Saskatchewan we need to ensure all drafts are blocked. We plastic over windows, put approved inserts behind power outlets plates, have our furnace serviced regularly. Socks and slippers do wonders.

But my favourite technique is to wrap up in one of my mom’s hand crafted quilts.

TracyFebruary 9th, 2012 at 10:49 am

always turn off lights whenever you leave the room

ShelleyFebruary 9th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Wash your dishes by hand instead of using your dishwasher.

RaulFebruary 10th, 2012 at 11:55 am

UPDATE – Winners are:

Kyle Lichtenwald
Diana

and

Jeff Voon via Twitter – congratulations all!

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