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  For Immediate Release: 7/12/2001
  Contact: Dan Williams, Communications & Public Affairs
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  “Energy and Water: Pitch in and Save”
  SEATTLE -- Regional partnership to promote energy, water conservation at July 14 Seattle Mariners game

A coalition of utilities, businesses, consumer organizations and governments in the Pacific Northwest is teaming up with the Mariners to promote conservation.

“Energy and Water: Pitch In and Save” is the theme for the July 14 game between the Mariners and the San Francisco Giants. Participants will include Gov. Gary Locke, who will make the ceremonial first pitch.

“The Mariners’ accomplishments this year exemplify teamwork and success by doing the little things,” Locke said. “The rest of us can be just as successful. A small amount of conservation by an individual may not seem like a lot, but it all adds up.”

In fact, if each of the 45,000 fans at a sold-out Safeco Field replaced five regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, it would save enough energy to power more than 1,590 homes for one year. If each of those fans spent a minute less in the shower, it would save more than 52,000 gallons of water each day, enough water to supply 250 homes in the Seattle Public Utilities service area. And if all the households represented at today’s game did laundry after 9 p.m. or on Sundays, instead of during high-demand times for electricity, it would free up enough power-generation capacity in our region to serve about 11,000 households.

“The people of our city and our region have been doing a great job at saving water, energy and money,” said Seattle Mayor Paul Schell. “The Mariners are helping us say, ‘Thank you, and keep up the good work’.”

The first 20,000 fans arriving at the ballpark for Saturday’s 1:05 p.m. game will get a poster featuring conservation tips and a photo of the M’s bullpen corps – the Northwest’s premier “savers.” During the game, three lucky fans will win one of the following: a Whirlpool Calypso washer, a Whirlpool Conquest refrigerator, or a Kohler Wellworth water conservation toilet – all courtesy of Lowe’s Home Improvement. The Whirlpool appliances carry the Energy Star label, signifying the most energy-efficient appliances available. Other giveaways include compact fluorescent lights and five-minute shower timers.

Aside from fielding a great baseball team, the Seattle Mariner organization is also doing a great job of conservation. The club has cut Safeco Field electricity use by 24 percent compared to last year. The Mariners have also saved city drinking water this season by using recycled upland runoff to irrigate the playing field.

“Energy and Water: Pitch In and Save” Partners:

City of Seattle Contacts:

Dan Williams, Seattle City Light, 206.615.0978, dan.williams@ci.seattle.wa.us

Sheila Strehle, Seattle Public Utilities, 206.684.7688, sheila.strehle@ci.seattle.wa.us

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