Come to the Rossland Energy Diet celebration Thursday

FortisBC will be at the Rossland Mountain Market this week to congratulate Rossland on making the first Energy Diet a success.

FortisBC will be at the Rossland Mountain Market this week to congratulate Rossland on making the first Energy Diet a success.

Carol Suhan, FortisBC’s PowerSense Services manager will be presenting Mayor Greg Granstrom and Steven Ashe, Rossland Sustainability Commission chair, with a formal thank you.

“We’ll be officially breaking the diet by handing out free ice cream after the presentation,” said Nicole Bagdanovic, FortisBC representative. “People can also visit the FortisBC booth to receive a free laundry line.”

They will also be presenting the preliminary results for the Energy Diet. Bagdanovic noted that Rossland residents have achieved some impressive “losses” after six months on the energy diet.

The Rossland Energy Diet was started last fall when the Rossland Sustainability Committee approached FortisBC for an “eco-vention.”

This came after the discovery that the average Rossland home consumed 36 per cent more electricity than the average home across the province.

The initiative led to the first ever community-level energy diet, in partnership with the City of Rossland, the Sustainability Commission Energy Task Force, Nelson and District Credit Union, Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC.

The program offered participants a free initial energy assessment, as well as help connecting with local qualified contractors to do the retrofit work.

It also offered guidance on capitalizing on the LiveSmart BC Efficiency Incentive Program and the former Federal ecoENERGY incentive.

The event starts at 3 p.m. at the Rossland Mountain Market this Thursday, July 12. The market is located on Queen Street and First Avenue.

For more information on FortisBC initiatives, visit fortisbc.com.