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IKEA Canada offers energy-saving tips and product suggestions to ease growing energy bills
[National]  Burlington ON – IKEA Canada reminds Canadians of energy-saving tips and product suggestions to help them face the four coldest months of the year and growing energy bills as Daylight Savings Time approaches on Sunday, November 7th.
“As the leaders of life at home, IKEA develops affordable products that contribute to a more sustainable life at home for our customers,” says Kerri Molinaro, President of IKEA Canada. “IKEA can help customers save energy and water, which are simple measures that contribute to a better world, as well as save on annual household expenses.”

IKEA has a long standing history of environmental leadership and has embraced sustainable business practices for over 50 years. As part of IKEA Canada’s sustainability program, the Never Ending List, here are some easy ideas to help Canadians live a more sustainable life at home.

  • Energy-efficient appliances lighten your energy bill. All dishwashers and side-by-side refrigerators sold at IKEA bear the ENERGY STAR logo which indicates that product is a minimum of 25% more energy efficient than conventional models. Another great energy-efficient product is IKEA’s new NUTID ($1199) induction cook top that can boil water up to 52% faster. The energy saved every time water is boiled can power a 60-watt light bulb for seven hours.

  • Stop your money from going down the drain. All IKEA faucets are equipped to reduce water use by up to 30 per cent. RINGSKAR taps ($149 to $199) come with a flow control function, so customers can avoid unnecessary water waste.

  • Bright ideas that pay for themselves. SPARSAM low energy bulbs are a great alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. They last up to ten times longer and electricity consumption is reduced by up to 80 per cent. IKEA’s range also includes halogen retro-fit bulbs and LED lighting in addition to solar powered options. IKEA will also discontinue the sale of incandescent bulbs from its range by January 2011, well ahead of the federal government’s 2012 ban.

  • Read at night with the help of the sun. SUNNAN work lamps combine low energy LED technology with solar cell panels. Charge the panel for nine to 12 hours in the sun to get four hours of full lamp light. Plus, for every SUNNAN lamp sold, IKEA will donate a SUNNAN lamp to UNICEF and Save the Children to enable children in developing countries living in homes without electricity to do their homework after dusk.

  • A full freezer = lower electric bills. When your freezer’s full, all the food keeps each other cold so your appliance doesn’t have to work as hard. The less power it uses, the more money you save. Keep your freezer full by making big batches of soup, sauces or chili and portioning in freezer-safe IKEA 365+ Food Savers ($3.99 to $12.99)

  • Use dark, heavy curtains in the Winter. In the winter, heavy fabrics can help insulate against the cold, and darker colors can absorb the sun to warm rooms and let you lower your thermostat. IKEA’s SANELA curtains are a perfect choice ($89.99/pair). Keep in mind for each degree you adjust the thermostat, you can save 3-5 percent on your energy bill and reduce carbon emissions too.

    About IKEA

    IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 280 stores in 26 countries worldwide, which are visited by 626 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 25 million people every year. Last year the ikea.com websites attracted 712 million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA’s business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them.

    For further information please contact:

    Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick
    National Public Relations Manager
    IKEA Canada
    T: 905-637-9440 x 6378
    madeleine.lowenborg-frick@ikea.com
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