Diet incentive

The City of Rossland will contribute $25 for the first 100 homeowners that sign up off of the cost of $60 for the Kootenay Energy Diet.

The early bird gets the $25.

For those looking to have a home energy assessment done, the City of Rossland will contribute $25 for the first 100 homeowners that sign up off of the cost of $60.

All homes must do an initial audit to identify necessary work, and a post-work audit to certify that the

work was done.

During the initial assessment, a certified energy advisor (CEA) will install energy saving features, such as energy efficient lighting, low flow shower heads, and pipe insulation.

Around $1.6 million was spent in the local economy the winter of phase one and it is estimated that 340 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions were avoided in the city with a 20-50 per cent reduction on home energy bills.

Rossland will receive almost $10,000 in Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) grants in 2013. Over two thirds of the funding has been allocated to do energy audits of the arena and City Hall.

The remaining funds (approximately $2,500) will be allocated to the initiative to lower the initial energy audit to 100 Rosslanders.

Castlegar, Grand Forks and Trail have committed to pay $25 towards the first 100 participants to register as well.

The City of Rossland will be credited with having invested in the program, meaning the city could claim the credits generated. The city needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 400 tonnes to meet its requirement.

Homeowners can complete an online application form and submit it within the next four weeks.

Once people are registered, FortisBC will help them through the next steps, conducting an initial home energy assessment with a certified energy advisor, make a commitment to complete at least one home energy efficiency upgrade before Dec. 31, complete a post-retrofit evaluation before March 31, 2014 and keep all retrofit receipts and submit at the post retrofit evaluation to receive rebates

For LiveSmart BC rebates, participants must book and complete the post assessment prior to March 31, 2014.

For more information, contact FortisBC PowerSense Ambassador Shelley Hastie at 368-1918, email at energydiet@fortisbc.com or visit fortisbc.com/energydiet.