A week has passed since an end came to rolling blackouts and outages that knocked out power in much of Newfoundland.

During a week of outages, officials with Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro urged consumers to conserve energy, to reduce demand on a hobbled electrical system that has since been repaired.

But there are also calls to make those measures, such as reducing heat and using major appliances like dishwashers at off-peak hours, a permanent thing.

Conservation calls are not new, of course. Take Charge, a campaign developed by both Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, has been up and running since 2008, promoting rebates for such measures as upgraded thermostats and heat-recovery ventilators.

But Liberal critic Tom Osborne said the government has done little to help consumers.

"They're only starting to focus on conservation now... There's a real problem," Osborne told CBC News this week.

Other provinces offer incentives to encourage conservation. Ontario Hydro, for instance, charges its consumers less for using appliances during off-peak hours.

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