When Rossland residents learned they used almost 40 per cent more electricity than the average BC home they asked FortisBC to help them with an ‘eco-vention’.
FortisBC was happy to help. Starting at an October 11 kickoff meeting, residents were given a chance to sign up for a free home energy assessment, the starting point to access up to $12,000 in provincial and federal rebates for energy efficient home upgrades.*
Businesses could also access a free energy efficient lighting upgrade for their small business.
The process was made even easier through information sessions, having a dedicated coordinator available to answer questions, low cost loans through Nelson & District Credit Union, the opportunities to meet with local contractors, and a chance to share information on Rossland’s local online news portal, The Rossland Telegraph.
Close to 250 Rossland residents have embraced the energy diet and received their home energy assessment. Participants are now reviewing their best opportunities to slim down their energy use and access rebate programs.
Residents slim down
Follow residents Alicia Gray, Bill Profili and Alli Eve in their efforts to slim down their energy bills.
Shedding new light
An art gallery owner was happy to learn about the free energy efficient lighting program that will help her manage energy use at her heritage location.
*Increased rebates are available to all FortisBC customers for a limited time. The Government of Canada ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes Program, scheduled to end in March 2012, provides rebates of up to $5,000 to homeowners who upgrade their home’s energy efficiency under the direction of a certified energy advisor. The LiveSmart BC program, offered jointly by FortisBC, the BC government and other BC utilities, also provides up to $7,000 in additional rebates for a total of $12,000.