And the diet continues …

In the Kootenays, more than 600 homeowners are participating in the second phase of the Energy Diet.

  • Sep. 30, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Many customers will soon see reduced energy use thanks to their commitment to the energy diets.

In just 10 days more than 330 homeowners signed up for the Okanagan Energy Diet. In the Kootenays, more than 600 homeowners are participating, making the region closer to reaching its goal of 1,000 energy assessments.

Part of the success of the energy diets is thanks to local elected officials spreading the word and the benefits.

In Rossland, the city pledged $25 for 100 home assessments.

“I support this initiative and hope as many people as possible are able to take advantage of its cost saving measures,” said Linda Larson, MLA, for Boundary-Similkameen.

The energy diets give people the opportunity to receive home energy assessments for $60 dollars—compared to the regular price of $400. This number drops even lower in the 15 communities where local governments have offered additional funds for assessments.

“We’re very pleased with the communities’ enthusiasm for the energy diets,” said Tom Loski, vice-president of customer service for FortisBC.

“When a professional assessor walks through customers’ homes they’re shown simple tips to save energy and where they could make energy efficient upgrades. This paves the way to savings on their energy bill.”

The energy assessor will also install energy saving products, like a low flow shower head and kitchen tap aerator, directly into energy diet participants’ homes.

To help manage the upfront costs of energy efficient upgrades, participants will also get assistance applying for up to $6,000 worth of rebates and, if eligible, access to long-term loans.

Community information sessions, also known as ener-ventions, continue across the Okanagan and the Kootenays and provide customers an opportunity to sign up in person, speak directly to energy experts and contractors and get some energy-saving tips.

For more information on how to sign up for the energy diet, and for ener-vention dates, visit or call us at 1-866-436-7847.


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