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Taking Solar Laundry off the line…

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in At Issue | 0 comments

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is pleased to announce that The Solar Laundry Project: Free Range Laundry has now officially wrapped up. The contest gave away 110 new clotheslines to lucky winners in Kamloops. “This was our second year doing this project, and we were able to significantly increase the number of clotheslines we gave away, so we’re really happy with how it turned out,” says Gisela Rucket, project coordinator. In addition to major sponsors BC Hydro and RONA, the support of new sponsors helped to grow the campaign. MD Creations Ltd. donated 40 ground screws, which were bundled with the umbrella clotheslines. This device makes installation a breeze by completely eliminating the need to dig holes and pour cement. Urban Systems, Shaw Communications, and also joined the team this year. The City...

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Free Range Laundry Flies Again!

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in At Issue | 0 comments

What is the least expensive way to start using renewable energy to reduce your electricity bill? If you’re thinking of solar panels or a wind turbine, you may be over thinking it. In fact, the cheapest and easiest way to take advantage of completely renewable and clean solar power is to install a clothesline, especially in our sunny city! And a local group is keen to help Kamloopsians get started. The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association is excited that The Solar Laundry Project has gotten off to another great start. After last year’s successful debut with the event tagline ‘Put a little sunshine in your shorts’, organizers this year have kept with the humorous slant but drawn on our region’s ranching roots and tagged this year’s version ‘Free Range Laundry’. With increased sponsorship, the number of...

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Solar Laundry Project Winds Down

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in At Issue | 0 comments

The Kamloops Chapter of the BCSEA is pleased to announce that The Solar Laundry Project is winding down, now that the last set of winners in the weekly draws has been completed. Eighty new clotheslines are now flapping in the breeze around Kamloops, compliments of the Kamloops Chapter and partners BC Hydro and Kamloops Home Hardware Building Centre. Why did they do it? Chapter chair Cheryl Kabloona explains: “Currently, clothes dryers account for roughly 6% of all electricity use province-wide. We believe that especially in a sunny place like Kamloops, it really makes sense to promote such an obvious form of sustainable energy.” One of the biggest lessons learned during the campaign was the prevalence of the myth that the City of Kamloops has clothesline bans. Mayor Peter Milobar was unequivocal on the topic. “The City has no clothesline...

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Over 50 clotheslines won already!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in At Issue | 0 comments

Get ready to see clotheslines popping up in yards all over Kamloops – the Solar Laundry Project is giving them away, and we’ve now put a little sunshine in the shorts of more than 50 winners! The winners of the June 30th draw are: Merrilyn Pennanen, Florence Tellier, Sharon Gloyn, Elaine Roste, Hennie Shimizu, Rebecca Mutch, Cheryl Austin, Barbara Chudrick, Diane Matus, Elaine Mayrhofer, Susan McIntyre and Lynda Thompson. In addition, 4 lucky visitors to the BCSEA booth at Canada Day also became proud new clothesline owners: Congratulations to Lindy Dester, Velvet Woods, Ravi Atwal and Betty Tasko. If you haven’t entered the draw yet, there are just two more draws to be done, so hurry up! Here’s the link: . The last draw is July 14th. To maximize the energy you save while doing laundry, use cold...

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June 23rd clothesline winners announced

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in At Issue | 0 comments

Another week of clothesline winners put a little sunshine in their shorts!  We’re halfway through the Solar Laundry Project, and are pleased to announce the winners of the June 23rd draw: Sandra Richet, Heather MacKnee, Lynda Fisher, Bob Trudeau, Lorna Clarkson, Don Olson, Becky Kosakoski, Bonnie Watt, Betty Wood, Kandi Bell, Beth Humphrey, and Jan Hori. Congrats to all — enjoy your new clotheslines! Winners are asked to pick up their clothesline during regular business hours at Kamloops Home Hardware Building Centre. If you haven’t entered the draw yet, here’s the link: . We’ll be giving away 12 more clotheslines each week until July 14th. Your name stays in until you win – one entry per household please. Many people have been discouraged from using their clotheslines because of the wet weather we’ve been having. Did you know...

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