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  Last updated Dec 18, 2007

Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO)


Welcome to the Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO)!

MECO was established in 2005, with funding support from the Town of Markham and PowerStream and a vision to position the Town of Markham as a leader and municipal champion in energy conservation.

Please tour our webpage and learn more about the programs we are currently working on to improve our own operations, support energy conservation with our local businesses and foster a culture of conservation across our community. Learn more

 

Meet the MECO Team!

Meet the MECO Team!

Left to Right: Caroline Smith – Energy and Environmental Assistant, Town of Markham
John Sherin – Conservation Demand Management Co-ordinator, PowerStream Inc.
Viive Sawler – Manager, Markham Energy Conservation Office, Town of Markham
Winnie Tsang – Energy and Environmental Data Analyst, Town of Markham

 

The Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO) was established in 2005, with funding support from PowerStream [External Link], and a vision to position the Town of Markham as a leader and municipal champion in energy conservation.

MECO is an important environmental initiative that demonstrates the Town of Markham’s commitment to conservation demand management and energy efficiency. MECO recognizes that energy conservation will save money, decrease demand, enhance the local energy supply by reducing its dependency on the grid, and best of all reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

MECO is responsible for leading, developing and implementing energy conservation programs that deliver realistic demand shedding and cost avoidance results and are in line with the Provincial goals of creating a ‘culture of conservation.’ MECO’s portfolio of programs is broad-based and includes initiatives that are focused on improving internal operations by implementing retrofit projects in existing facilities as well as working to ensure new facilities are built to a higher, more efficient standard. MECO also delivers programs with other partners, geared towards improving the energy efficiency of small-to-medium sized commercial businesses and to raising awareness about energy conservation within the local community. In addition, MECO provides an employee awareness program on energy conservation for Town staff. Browse our webpage and take a look at all the programs we offer as well as the success of past projects and initiatives.

 

 CURRENT PROGRAMS AND UPDATES:

Demand Response in the Municipal Sector
Learn How Markham is Making a Shift for a Greener Future »


No Catch to Conserve

Pilot Program currently offered to small businesses in Markham will provide up to $1,000 in free energy efficiency upgrades with No Catch to Conserve

If saving money is important to your business, you’ll be pleased to hear about the PowerStream No Catch to Conserve pilot program being offered by the Markham Energy Conservation Office (MECO) in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority and Enbridge Gas Distribution.

The No Catch to Conserve program is a pilot program targeting small business owners (<50kW). Qualifying Markham businesses will receive a comprehensive service that includes:

  • identification of energy savings potential
  • conservation advice
  • up to $1,000 in free energy efficiency products and installations
  • recommendations on additional cost-effective upgrade measures (no obligation to purchase additional upgrades)
  • management of installation contractors and supervision of retrofit work

Space is limited for this pilot but the more businesses requesting to participate the more likely we can continue this program into the future.

Call PowerStream in Markham for details: 905-477-3810 or visit www.powerstream.ca [External Link] 

Or take a look at the No Catch to Conserve brochure ([PDF document] 552k/2p).


Borrow a Watt Reader from Markham Public LibrariesBorrow a Watt Reader

Get the RIGHT readings

Ever wonder how much electricity is being drawn from that old refrigerator, television, or computer?

Now there is a way to find out which appliance in your home is responsible for that inflated hydro bill.

Simply connect each appliance to the Watt Reader monitor and it will determine the number of kilowatt-hours used over a certain number of hours. You can then calculate the cost of operating that appliance by comparing it with your monthly hydro bill.

A one week circulation of the Watt Reader is available from all branches of the Markham Public Libraries. The Watt Reader comes with full instructions.

 

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