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September 17, 2002
New guide offers consumer smart choices
  
The Clean Air Partnership today launched Canada's first ever Clean Air Consumer
Guide. The guide is being distributed to households throughout Toronto this
week.

The guide integrates and simplifies the numerous rating systems of
environmentally-friendly products and appliances developed by government
agencies. It also recommends cost-efficient products and appliances that reduce
energy consumption.

"The guide is easy-to-use and helps consumers make smart purchases that will
save them money, offer better performance, enhance the market value of their
homes and create more comfortable living spaces," said Eva Ligeti, Executive
Director, Clean Air Partnership. "All this helps consumers achieve Kyoto
reductions in their own homes."

On display was a simulated clean air house equipped with ENERGY STAR® labelled
appliances, home electronics and office equipment that can be found throughout
the guide. The City's energy efficient Toyota Prius was displayed, as well as
three electric bikes that visitors could test drive.

"The beauty of the ENERGY STAR® rating system is its simplicity," said Anne
Wilkins, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Senior Program Manager for Equipment
Labelling. "Consumers need only to look for the ENERGY STAR® symbol and they
can be assured that they are purchasing the most energy-efficient product."

A wide range of products meet the ENERGY STAR® high-energy performance levels.
The guide illustrates these products and explains how consumers can
individually help to clean the air and save money along the way.

"While Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is a large energy producer, we believe
that everyone can use energy more efficiently and that there are ways for each
of us to contribute to air quality improvements," said Helen Howes, OPG's Vice
President of Sustainable Development. "OPG is proud to be a major sponsor of
this guide."

Free copies of the guide are available at select Sunoco service stations across
the GTA, libraries and community centres throughout the city, and
electronically at www.cleanairconsumerguide.
org
.


Media Contact
Clean Air Partnership
416-392-1220

 

 

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