Energy diet comes back to Rossland, region

The Kootenay Energy Diet (KED) will launch to Greater Trail area this June, including a stop in Rossland on June 12

The Kootenay Energy Diet (KED) will launch to residents in the Greater Trail area this June, including a stop in Rossland on June 12 at the Miners’ Union Hall.

The KED is a program based on the 2012 success of the Rossland Energy Diet pilot project, and is meant to promote and encourage energy efficiency and conservation to homeowners through out the region.

“The Kootenay Energy Diet is a concept on a regional scale to help our customers reduce energy consumption, save money and be more comfortable in their homes,” said Patricia Dehnel, program manager, PowerSense Fortis BC.

Dehnel explained, that by signing up and having a $60 home energy-audit assessment, residents will have access to up to $4,000 in rebates, once the recommended improvements have been completed.

Personalized energy assessments are so homeowners know exactly what they can do in their homes to conserve as much energy as possible, said Dehnel.

Included in the energy-audit is free lighting (five energy-efficient bulbs), a low-flow shower head and pipe insulation.

The official KED kicks off in Trail on June 11 in the Cominco Gym and in Rossland at the Miners Hall on June 12.

On those dates, the public can come and meet the installers, ask individual questions and register their homes for a $60 energy-audit, said Dehnel.

In an energy audit an energy advisor (auditor) will perform a visual inspection of the residence from foundation to rooftop. The auditor will measure insulation, assess airtightness up to the attic, and note the age and efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

— Sheri Regnier, Trail Times