Creston Valley residents can reduce power bill with Kootenay Energy Diet

Creston Valley residents can reduce power bill with Kootenay Energy Diet

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  • Sep. 4, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Creston Valley residents can learn firsthand about programs designed to help reduce power bills in their homes on Sept. 10 from 7-9 p.m. at the Creston and District Community Complex.

FortisBC is launching the Kootenay Energy Diet by hosting “enerventions”, information sessions, throughout the region for customers who want to reduce their homes’ energy use and save money on their utility bills.

“One of the best ways for homeowners to save on their energy bills is to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes,” said Tom Loski, FortisBC customer service vice-president. “We saw how successful a community approach to energy savings can be with last year’s Rossland Energy Diet. Since then, we’ve expanded the program to the Kootenays, and now the Okanagan, to provide customers with direct support in making home energy upgrades.”

Kootenay Energy Diet participants will get a discounted energy assessment, energy saving products installed directly in their home, hands-on help applying for up to $6,000 worth of rebates, and, if eligible, financing options to make energy efficient improvements to their home.

Participants receive access to:

•an initial home energy assessment for only $60 (a value of $400);

•energy efficiency products for the home;

•LiveSmart BC rebates for insulation, draft proofing and more (a value of up to $4,000 per home);

•up to $2,000 in FortisBC energy rebates;

•an additional $800 rebate (conditions apply) on an Energy Star natural gas furnace or boiler (to learn more and apply, contact a certified energy advisor, call 250-368-1918 or email;

•a low-interest, no money down loan through a local credit union; and

•an energy coach “to help you get the information you need, when you need it.”

“The Town of Creston is pleased to support the Kootenay Energy Diet,” said Mayor Ron Toyota. “This program raises awareness about the responsible use of our energy resources and provides consumers with valuable support, with information, energy-saving products and financial assistance.”

Earlier this summer, Creston town council passed a resolution to pay $30 of the $60 energy assessment fee for the first 200 Creston residents to sign up for the program.