Wednesday, 23 November 2011 16:31

SaskPower giving away block heater timers to save power and money

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SaskPower will be working with participating retailers across Saskatchewan to give away vehicle block heater timers and encourage energy conservation this winter.

“Encouraging energy efficiency and conservation is part of SaskPower’s sustainable plan to meet the province’s growing need for electricity now and in the future,” said Rob Norris, Minister responsible for SaskPower. “Partnering with local retailers is an effective way for SaskPower to help customers cut their energy costs and go green.”

The SaskPower Block Heater Timer Event aims to reduce energy consumption through the increased use of vehicle block heater timers during the winter months. It hopes to give away 50,000 block heater timers over three weekends in November and December at the following retailers:

November 26 – 27 and December 3 – 4
Peavey Mart (Assiniboia, Kindersley, Moose Jaw, Swift Current)

December 3 – 4 and December 10 – 11
Canadian Tire (Swift Current, Moose Jaw)

“If every recipient of a block heater timer were to reduce their plug-in time from 12 to four hours a night, the total power saved will be over four megawatts,” said Robert Watson, SaskPower President and Chief Executive Officer. “That’s enough electricity to power over 450 Saskatchewan homes for a full year or the equivalent of removing more than 700 vehicles from Saskatchewan roads.”

Research shows that a well-maintained vehicle only needs to be plugged in for four hours before it needs to start on very cold winter days (below -15 C) to ensure it will start. Using a block heater timer with a vehicle will conserve energy and can save about $65 each winter on a typical household’s power bill.

“Customers often ask why SaskPower would encourage them to use less of our product,” Watson added. “Energy efficiency programs like this one cost less than adding new generation sources.”

For more information about specific event details at each participating retailer, store locations, as well as power saving tips, visit

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