Energy Conservation

Using less electricity and natural gas will save you money and help improve our impact on the environment. Conserving energy reduces the need to produce energy from non-renewable sources and improves our air quality.

Oakville Conserves Energy Fair

Visit the Oakville Conserves Energy Fair page for more information.

Join the Earth Hour Movement!

Earth Hour is March 24, 2018 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.! We invite you to join the town in reducing non-essential lighting.

Earth Hour is an annual global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to demand action on climate change. Initiated in 2007, the first ever Earth Hour event was hosted in Sydney, Australia. Since its inauguration, Earth Hour has become an annual international event that unites millions of residents, businesses, and governments around the globe to symbolically demonstrate a shared commitment for action against climate change by powering down electricity use for one hour. Join the movement!

How can I participate?

1. Watch Earth Hour’s latest video.
2. On March 24, turn off all non-essential power during Earth Hour:

  • Turn off the lights;
  • Turn down the thermostat; and
  • Unplug the TV, DVD player, microwave, clock radio and computer ... and enjoy the quiet.

3. Host an Earth Hour Activity at your home or business! Find more information on the Earth Hour website.

  • Have a candle-lit dinner
  • Invite friends around for a pub quiz and board games by flashlight
  • Take a wildlife walk or go star-gazing
  • Go for a nighttime city walk
  • Go for a nighttime bike ride
  • Have an unplugged jam session at home
  • Read a bedtime story by flashlight

4. Tweet your Earth Hour activity to @townofoakville

What we can accomplish together:

Every year the town reduces non-essential lighting in support of Earth Hour. With your participation in 2017, we reduced energy consumption 3.6 percent (6.2 MegaWatts MW), the equivalent of turning off 100,000 60 watt light bulbs. Between 2008, we have saved a total of 85 MW, the equivalent of turning off 1.4 million 60 watt light bulbs!

Let’s keep the momentum going in 2018 and save even more energy this Earth Hour!


What you can do to conserve energy!

For home

For energy conservation tips at home open How To Conserve Energy At Home (pdf).

  • Borrow an energy meter to find out about your energy use.
  • Turn off all non-essential power
  • Turn off the lights
  • Turn down the thermostat
  • Unplug the TV, DVD player, microwave, clock radio and computer ... and enjoy the quiet.

For business

For energy conservation tips for businesses open How To Conserve Energy At Business (pdf)


Watt Not, Waste Not Program

The town encourages residents to conserve energy!

In August 2007, the town's Environmental Policy department and Oakville Public Library launched a new program that allows residents to borrow energy meters to test their home appliances for energy usage.

Residents can borrow a meter from any of the town's six libraries and return the meter to any branch free of charge:

  • Central Branch Library - 120 Navy Street
  • Clearview Branch Library – 2860 Kingsway Drive
  • Glen Abbey Branch Library - 1415 Third Line
  • Iroquois Ridge Branch Library - 1051 Glenashton Drive
  • White Oaks Branch Library - 1070 McCraney Street East
  • Woodside Branch Library - 1274 Rebecca Street

Fill out the Watt Not, Waste Not survey.


Resources

20/20 The Way to Clean Air
Office of Energy Efficiency
Save On Energy