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Home Energy Challenge: What’s old is new again

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We are inviting all Canadians to take on this Home Energy Challenge to get you thinking about reusing, repurposing, and repairing! Did you know that Canadians produce more garbage per capita than any other developed nation? Could any of these items that ended up in the trash have been fixed, repurposed, or transformed into something entirely new?

Modeled after one of our 16 Classroom Energy Diet Challenge challenges, What’s Old Is New Again invites you to show us how you save items from the landfill.

Key dates

March 21 – April 15, 2022

How to participate

This challenge can easily be completed from home; the idea is to transform something that you were going to throw away into something new. Here are a few examples: sew patches onto clothing or darn holes, use scrap paper and bottle caps to create art, turn cans into pencil holders, use food scraps to make soup stock, transform old boots into planters — the possibilities are endless! Just make sure that any items you’re reusing are cleaned well!

  1. To enter, show us how you are keeping items out of landfills!
    Take a picture of how you are repairing, reusing, and/or repurposing items (include yourself in the photo if you like!) and share it with us along with a tip to help others cut down on their waste.

    Submit the picture and tip to [email protected] or leave a reply on our Home Energy Challenge social media posts on Twitter (@Energy_Lit or @CanGeoEdu) or Facebook and Instagram (@CanGeoEdu) using #EnergyDietChallenge. Entries must be received before noon (EST) on Friday, April 15, 2022.

Winners and prizes

For each Home Energy Challenge, a grand prize of one $1,000 cheque and 10 secondary prizes of $100 Shell Gas Cards will be awarded. All prizes will be determined by random draw.

Random draws for prizes will take place the week following each challenge period. All winners will be notified by email of their prize. To be eligible to compete in the Home Energy Challenges, you must be a resident of Canada over the age of 18. Consult the Rules and Regulations prior to submitting.


Please direct questions to [email protected].